The best time to start Entrepreneurship is in through School Entrepreneurship Education.
Southern Africa Youth started the entrepreneurship education in 2012 at the township called Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
This was a program piloted with a 5 secondary schools such as Diepsloot Combined School, Rabasotho, Diepsloot West, Itirele Zenzele and Musenga vha Dzimu.
These were high school learners between the South African high school grade 8-11. Sessions were held with different modules from starting a business to expanding a business.
Upon this engagement we have seen so much interest from the high school learners where they would participate at their school extra mural activities. Some were chosen as presidents of Learners Representative Council, some were selected as school prefects, some won multiple completions such as science, innovation, education, crafts and small business ideas.
Through School Entrepreneurship Education we had few goals in mind.
To promote girls to remain in school for the whole period. To provide sexual education to learners in schools with an aim to prevent early pregnancies. To provide educational support so that girls and boys do not find it hard for them to complete their assessments because they do not have funds to buy dictionaries or the noise at home. Southern Africa Youth Project would provide material, content in our computer, our team became the support structure for these teenagers.
Finally, we would implement a five year long Entrepreneurship education with additional fun activities.
We have seen young people coming up with bright ideas to Southern Africa Youth Project. They requested that they should have a full decision making powers. So Southern Africa Youth Project must only create a space for them to make their own decisions.
They would have a calendar of course managed by our five program specialists. Then they would then plan amongst themselves in school.
The setup of the School Entrepreneurship Education is that is has it’s own leadership structure.
There is a President, Chairperson, Secretary, Treasure, Public Relations Officer and Group leader for the other units such as Grades. Within each school. The president is responsible for the whole 4 grades. Which are from Grade 8-11.
The leadership will then plan what they want to be done at their schools as well as when as guided by the program. Then they will present at a quarterly meeting which is held at Southern Africa Youth Project offices every 3 months. Here they will unpack their plans, achievements and challenges of course with solutions.
Then the School Entrepreneurship Education Programs Specialists who are Southern Afriza Youth Project staff. Will then take all the reports to the General Manager and the CEO.
School Entrepreneurship Education program it is closer to our CEOs heart. Mr Neftaly Malatjie who believes impact should be achieved at an early age. Indeed when we start them whilst they are still fresh we will not only build future business people. But we will build future impact makers who will understand business and giving.
One of the biggest lesson on School Entrepreneurship Education is that you need to get a buy in from the teachers, parents and the school education governing body. Indeed we have managed to get all of them involved and their buy in was received.
However we noticed that school teachers changes jobs several times a year. We had to deal with up to 3 different teachers each year. Which was an issue for our 200 school Entrepreneurship Education program members. They raised a concern that changing teachers it is confusing them. They have to wait for the new teachers in many cases other teachers do not understand what they are doing.
This creates a burden for these school learners as they have to start from scratch. Also new teachers would not do follow ups to check where did they end. They would just do that on their own.
We have noticed from the School Entrepreneurship Education program that there is a continued de attachment between school learners and the teachers. This is caused by how teachers treat their learners. Some teachers would favour others and hate others.
This could be felt by the learners in class and since they notice this. Then they would in return hate the one who is loved by the teachers. It is quite common in the South Africa schools that teachers would have those who are wiser and those not. This created groups in schools. Which later leads to school violence between learners themselves.
Southern Africa Youth Project has worked with 60 learners from all the secondary schools who were led by the School Entrepreneurship Education program specialist. In all the secondary schools we would the leadership team which is made up of 6 committee members and they would have a membership of 54 per school.
Their membership will have to be done through an official application form provided by Southern Africa Youth Project. The committee collects attendance registers, report book and forms for their schools.
They then would take it back to their schools and the official appointed by the committee will be responsible for registering and signing new members to replace or to add more in to their team.
Once the membership forms are completed they would be taken back to Southern Africa Youth Project office for uploading into the database system.
At Southern Africa Youth Project we have a state of the art database system which keeps records of attendance, activities, programs, achievements including the records of these young people.
Then they would officially add and induct based on the rules of the School Entrepreneurship Education program club.
Each school is called a Club according to our Entrepreneurship Education program.
The club will be made up of the following positions.
1. President is responsible for overseeing the school. He or she works with the teachers, school principal, school governing body, parents and of course Southern Africa Youth Project staff.
2. Chairperson and the deputy are responsible for the management of the school Entrepreneurship Education program.
3. Secretary is responsible for all administration.
4. Treasurer is responsible for all incomes generated y the School Entrepreneurship Education program club
5. Public relations officer is responsible for writing all the stories, their publicity and branding of events to be held by each club.
6. Additional members
The program is independent.
1. They are able to make their own decisions.
2. They have influence in meetings concerning teachers, parents and governing bodies.
3. They often are appointed to school leadership roles effecting changes and impact to those with them.
4. They are governing on their own so their decision make is influenced by their roles.
Setup per school
Our staff will be 1 program specialist
School 1: 6 club leadership and 54 members
School 2: 6 club leadership and 54 members
School 3: 6 club leadership and 54 members
School 4: 6 club leadership and 54 members
So on up to 6 schools per community.
How do we create excitement?
We create excitement by having winter camps, school holiday events,