Teach A Man To Fish
We believe that education is the key to tackling youth unemployment and poverty worldwide. Our organisation works with schools to set up school businesses. These businesses are both educational and profitable – teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generating much-needed income for schools.
Providing a relevant education - that bridges the gap between school and work - means students leave school ready to get a good job or set up their own business, and reach their full potential in life.
Through training, competitions and work with partners we have helped thousands of schools to set up businesses as diverse as a car mechanic workshop in Honduras, egg production in Uganda and handicrafts in India.
We offer a wide range of individually tailored training and consultancy services to support schools to set up profitable and educational school businesses, and run a free, online Members' Network; a place where those interested in sustainable, practical education can connect, collaborate and share resources.
Our Mission and Vision
Our Mission is to enable 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.”
There are three core principles in line with this philosophy that guide us in our work:
- Poverty Reduction - we intend to eradicate extreme poverty. Our programmes focus first on students from low-income families and marginalised communities.
- Education - we exist to educate. Educational goals supersede any other aims our programmes have.
- Entrepreneurship - we foster entrepreneurship. Viewing enterprise as an effective means to economic prosperity, our schools work to provide students with the skills and inspiration they need to generate wealth for themselves and their communities.
Our Vision is a world free from poverty where all young people are able to reach their full potential in life.