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 Call for Applications, 2009 Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education:


 24 October 2009 | visits 806

2009 Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education

Deadline: 31st December 2009. Top prize of $10,000 for the continent’s best entrepreneurial education programs and prizes of $1,000 for the best entry from each country in Africa.

Win $10,000 in the 2009 Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education
A competition with a top prize of $10,000 for the continent’s best entrepreneurial education programs is now seeking applications from across Africa. The competition, run by UK based education charity Teach a Man to Fish is also offering prizes of $1,000 for the best entry from each country in Africa.
Now in its third year, the competition rewards organizations in Africa that use innovative and entrepreneurial techniques to fill gaps in educational services across the continent.

Judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate entrepreneurship, sustainability and impact. Past winners include Soft Power Education from Uganda who, working through travel companies, mobilize over 1,000 tourists yearly as volunteers on their school projects, and have now refurbished schools for more than 33,000 students.
Nik Kafka, Managing Director, Teach A Man To Fish said:
“All the evidence shows that programs which are innovative, sustainable and create real impact are the most effective way to address educational challenges. But while many already exist in Africa, they rarely receive the recognition they deserve. This means successful models aren’t identified or replicated.
The 2009 EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education draws international attention to their achievements so others can learn from their success and imitate their approach.”
Winners will be selected by a panel of international judges, with the top entry receiving a prize of $10,000 and the two runners-up prizes of $5,000. There is also a $1,000 prize for the best entry for each country.
The top three awardees will also be sponsored to receive their prizes at an awards presentation in South Africa, where they will also take part in peer learning visits to key Educating Africa and Teach A Man to Fish projects.

Organizations with sustainable and entrepreneurial education projects wishing to apply should visit the competition website - - for full details on how to enter. Entries must be received before the competition’s closing date of 31st December 2009.

More about the competition
1. This competition is open to organisations working in Africa at all levels of education, from primary through to tertiary, as well as in non-formal education.
2. Entrants will need to describe in 1000 words or less the key achievements of their program against the assessment criteria and their contribution to education in Africa.
3. Entries can be submitted online, via email, or by post, but must use the official competition entry form available at
4. The competition is sponsored by Educating Africa, an African-based foundation supporting education work across the continent, and run by Teach A Man To Fish an international education charity based in the UK – for more details on both organizations see below
About the competition organizers
TeachAManToFish is an international non-profit organization working to improve the relevancy, quality, and availability of education in developing countries. Our pioneering approach uses profit-making school-run businesses to teach entrepreneurship and livelihood skills. This model allows schools to generate additional income, improving their financial sustainability, while at the same time enabling them to offer a more relevant and higher quality education. For more information visit

Educating Africa is a foundation committed to introducing cost effective and sensible education initiatives throughout Africa, and to acknowledging some of the tremendous educational projects that have been developed across the continent. It is apparent that there are superb educational ideas, generous benefactors and intellectual capital that is willing and able to be invested in worthwhile educational projects. However, often there is a mismatch in linking the various groups. Educating Africa seeks to bridge this gap and match up these groups. For more information visit

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