By Dayo Adesulu
Greensprings School, Lekki campus has again won $2,000 in the School Enterprise Challenge 2018 edition.
You will recall that a few weeks ago, four students from the school won a scholarship that worth $60,000 in the Conrad Challenge.
Now, another set of students from the school in the Lekki campus have won $2,000 in the School Enterprise Challenge 2018 edition.
The School Enterprise Challenge is an initiative of “ Teach A Man To Fish” a UK charity organisation. Over 1000 schools across the globe participated in this program. The aim of which is to help students learn valuable 21st-century business skills they can use to support their schools and local community.
Greensprings School Lagos, (Lekki campus) participated in this enterprise challenge, and came up with a business called “GREENY-G Mini Mart.” The aim of the business is to provide toiletries, stationery and healthy snack foods to members of the school community.
With its establishment, the students have learnt skills such as planning, finance, sustainability, teamwork, research, sales and marketing. In addition to this, they have also learnt how to keep financial books accurately.
In a statement by Mrs. Feyisara Ojugo, the secondary school principal, Greensprings School, Lekki campus, “GREENY-G Mini Mart has provided our students with the opportunity of meeting their immediate community’s stationery and grocery needs. It has also ignited the spirit of enterprise among the students.
“We are hopeful that they will come up with other ventures to continue to grow their entrepreneurial skills,” she added.
At the end of the challenge, the students of Greensprings School Lekki campus emerged the Africa Region – Best Bronze Winner, and a sum of $2,000 was awarded to them.
Ms. Helen Brocklesby, Director of Education Greensprings School, had this to say about the institution winning the bronze prize; “We are indeed proud of the efforts of our students at Greensprings, they have worked very hard to achieve success in this business, and we believe it will be profitable.
I am happy that our school got recognized and won an award. This is exciting for us as an institution,” she said.
Speaking on the importance of the School Enterprise Challenge, Nik Kafka, the CEO of Teach A Man To Fish, said, “We are on a mission to tackle youth unemployment and the ‘learning crisis.’ The impact shown by these winners reminds us why it is so important to give young people the skills and experience to become the job creators of tomorrow.”
Students who took part in the School Enterprise Challenge were actively involved at every stage of the school business activity. Over the course of the enterprise challenge, students wrote a business plan, conducted market research and prepared a business budget – and all these were put together, while also producing some of the items for sale.
Sustainability and social responsibility are important criteria required to succeed in the School Enterprise Challenge, and the students of Greensprings School Lekki campus successfully demonstrated this yardstick.
The winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2018 edition were announced this February and the registration for the 2019 edition is in progress at schoolenterprisechallenge.org for more information.