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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - Issue #28

OUR 2018 GRAND FINALE RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS HOW OUR PROGRAMME HAS GROWN

After running another successful 12-month programme of teaching entrepreneur skills to high school learners across Cape Town, the culmination of our programme brought together young would-be entrepreneurs to battle it out for the top spot at the Grand Finale at the Southern Sun Cape Sun in Cape Town’s CBD on Saturday, 20 October.
Saxonsea Primary School
Entrepreneur Societies from Cravenby Comprehensive School in Ravensmead, Goodwood College in Ruyterwacht, Ikamvalethu Secondary School in Langa, and Saxonsea Primary School in Atlantis presented a varied selection of business ideas to a panel of judges comprising, amongst others, local celebrity, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Simba Gozo, and past Teen Entrepreneur participant who now runs a number of successful businesses of his own – including South Africa’s first online bank targeting the youth as its primary audience – Jamie Wyngaard. 
 
Business ideas ranged from a concept to produce compost from recycled plant and vegetable materials from Cravenby Comprehensive School.  Cravenby was the 2017 overall winner, and impressed judges once again with the fact that their business was already operational and providing compost to the surrounding community.  Their teacher champion is an accomplished farmer with a passion for transferring his skills to young people.  The teacher, along with a committed and eager group of young people, is proving to be a very successful combination.  
Cravenby Comprehensive School
Second runners-up, Goodwood College, presented a proposal to lure young people away from gangsterism and drugs by instead channeling their talents into a performing arts programme.  There is a great deal of talent in our communities, said Feroza Adams, the teacher champion at Goodwood College; it ranges from musical gifts to modern dance, to acting, and many more.  We believe our programme, with the correct support and guidance, can elevate young talent to compete both locally and internationally.
Goodwood College
First runners-up, as well as the overall winning team this year, came from Ikamvalethu High School in Langa.  It was clear that environmental awareness and recycling was the key driver for the business ideas that were presented by these two groups.
Ikamvalethu Secondary School
The first runners-up presented an idea to produce briquettes/firelighters using recycled material sourced from households locally.  In a community where cooking was still predominantly being done on fires using outside cookers, their firelighters were a cheaper alternative, more environmentally-friendly, but also did the job of raising awareness in the community about recycling waste and reducing littering.
The winning submission!  Congratulations Ikamvalethu!
The 2018 overall winners created brightly coloured coasters and earrings in traditional African designs, using recycled bottle tops.  The judges were impressed by the practical and novel way in which bottle tops can be re-used to become an object of beauty rather than a source of damage to the environment if discarded in the community.    
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WINNERS ON RADIO CCFM
We wish to congratulate all the groups who participated in our programme this year.  You are all winners for working through the modules and enhancing your understanding as to how entrepreneurship-thinking is able to open a world of opportunities for our youth in South Africa. 
 
A special word of thanks is extended to our sponsors/contributors for working with us to ensure that our Grand Finale, and this past year, was such a resounding success.
If you wish to register your interest in starting an Entrepreneur Society at your school in 2019, please contact our office on 021 788 2775, or email nadia.snyders@teenentrepreneur.co.za.
Thank you Teacher Champions!
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WELCOME SWARTBERG SECONDARY SCHOOL

You have to know that young learners are set on starting an Entrepreneur Society at their school in 2019 when they travel all the way from Caledon to observe the Grand Finale! We love this level of commitment and interest, and look forward to working with this dynamic group of young people, and their Teacher Champion – Ms Mbalula - from Swartberg Secondary School when we kick off next year.

LISTEN UP!

Lydia did an interview on Cape Talk Radio, mainly to promote the Grand Finale, in the lead-up to the event. Thank you, Kieno Kammies and the Breakfast Team for broadcasting our Teen Entrepreneur message across the airwaves.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

TEEN ENTREPRENEUR A KEY ROLEPLAYER IN WCED’S INTERIM ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 
We are so thrilled by the discussions that are starting to take place within the Western Cape Education Department around integrating entrepreneurship into the school curriculum. We were invited to serve on the Interim Entrepreneurship Education Committee where we are able to give input on the outcome of the running our Entrepreneur Societies at mainly high schools, and how it has impacted the young learners who have been exposed to our materials.

We are reliant on committed teachers at each of our participating schools to take learners through our course material, and to ensure the smooth running of the Society. It is for this reason that our programme includes a training component for our Teacher Champions, thereby ensuring that they are also empowered to teach entrepreneurship.

It truly is an honour for us to be involved, to give input into such critical discussions, and importantly, to be able to be a part of charting a new course for education in our country for both our learners and their educators! .

OUR BEST WISHES FOR THE EXAMS!


We’d like to wish all our young learners the very best the upcoming exams, most especially for the Matrics, many of whom are writing already. May your hard work and sacrifice of this past year bring you much success! We look forward to seeing many of you next year as we achieve higher heights in our Teen Entrepreneur programme! .

AN APPEAL FOR YOUR SUPPORT…

At Teen Entrepreneur we have seen what can be achieved when our partners rally around us to give support to our cause.  We’d like to make an appeal to you again to please support SA Teen Entrepreneur as part of the MySchool Programme.  If you are a supporter, and already have a beneficiary, we’d like to remind you that you are able to support up to 3 charitable organisations. 

Your contribution is appreciated and can impact the sustainability of our programme significantly. If you are not a MySchool supporter yet, please sign up here: 

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