Teach a Man to Fish


Teach a Man to Fish enables schools to provide a relevant education, through enterprise, that empowers young people to succeed in work and in life.

The concept of helping others to help themselves is far from new. It was exemplified in ancient times in the Chinese proverb from which we draw our name: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

Since 2011 our School Enterprise Challenge business start-up competition has reached over 70,000 direct beneficiaries across more than 104 countries. The competition supports teachers and students to work together to plan and launch a profitable business which also creates a positive social and environmental impact.

The competition is in three stages. In Stage 1, teams come up with an idea for a school based enterprise. In Stage 2, they work together to write a business and financial plan, supported by our step-by-step guides. We provide feedback on all plans and in Stage 3 the schools launch their enterprise and run it for at least a term, before submitting a final report.