Young entrepreneurs show their mettle

2018-02-13 06:00

Two schools in Maitland and Kensington won monetary rewards at a nationwide competition run by the Education with Enterprise Trust’s (Ewet) In-school Entrepreneurship Education Programme.

The prize-giving ceremony was held on Friday 2 February at Windermere High School in Kensington. The host school won third prize and received R10 000 while Maitland High walked away with the R25 000 second prize.

The competition, titled the Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education Competition, considered the overall performance of the participating schools in each province and schools were required to do various tasks, including community involvement and starting a business. The Windermere learners formed a club and worked together to achieve their goal. The club coach, Bernard de Louw, explains that the competition entry required the school to be part of various projects. “We had to prove what we had done for the year by submitting a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio included community involvement such as donations of food and clothing to learners who had lost their homes in a fire in Kensington,” De Louw says.

He says they held market days and did arts and crafts, working tirelessly to make sure they won. “I feel so proud of the learners for such a great achievement, which they only started last year. This year we intend to embark on even greater projects for our community.”

Skyeler Gasnola, a learner and the chairperson of the club, says they are happy about the win. She says the competition gave them a new experience and motivation to continue being involved with entrepreneurship and community empowerment projects.

Tshidi Sekopa, Ewet project manager, congratulated the schools on their achievements, saying that the programme has over the years been encouraging learners to get involved in making a difference in their communities and fighting unemployment.

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