Local schools scoop big prizes

2020-02-27 06:00
Some of the people who attended the event.PHOTOS: unathi obose

Some of the people who attended the event.PHOTOS: unathi obose

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Excitement was evident on the faces of Intsebenziswano High School learners, in Philippi, as the school celebrated its victory in last year’s Eskom Simama Ranta Entrepreneurship Education contest.

Learners sang while their teachers ululated when a group of learners, who took part in the competition, went on stage to collect their prize money on Saturday 22 February at the school hall.

Intsebenziswano was the provincial winner in the Metro South district and received R50 000.

The first runner-up (Metro South district) Sinethemba Senior Secondary School from Philippi, received R25 000. The second runner-up in the Metro East district, Injongo Primary School from Khayelitsha, got R10 000.

The competition which is organised by the Eskom Development Foundation in partnership with Education with Enterprise Trust (EWET) is designed to identify and acknowledge South African schools that lead the way in education initiatives that promote entrepreneurship.

The intention is to encourage learners to become employers rather than employees. In order to take part in the competition, schools are required to apply by submitting portfolios of what they do to promote entrepreneurship.

Moipone Sam, principal at Intsebenziswano, described the prize as an honour and an encouragement for the learners. In 2018 they finished as runners-up in the competition.

“This is a schools’ competition which is empowering learners to be entrepreneurs. We want learners to be job creators instead of being job seekers,” she said.

Sam called on the department to add entrepreneurship to the schools’ curriculum.

Senior curriculum planner for economic and management science (EMS), for the provincial department of education Antoinette Venter said entrepreneurship creates job opportunities and innovation. It also improves the economy.

She added that entrepreneurship education also stimulates learners to consider establishing their own businesses as viable career options of choice rather than of necessity.

“It unleashes creativity and allows learners to develop business ideas. It also provides learners with personal skills to take action and make a change to improve community life,” she said.

Venter said the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) value their partners in education and their doors are open for collaborative approaches to provide quality education for every child in every class of every school in this province.

According to Eskom, the competition is open to all South African schools that run entrepreneurship clubs and teach learners the basics of starting and running a business while responding to the immediate communities’ social and economic needs.

Grade 12 learner from Intsebenziswano High School Ondela Tongo (18) said the project helped her with her studies.

“Ever since I joined this project in 2018 my performance on my studies has improved. The project is nurturing us to be business people,” she said.

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