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Choithram School wins int’l award for school business enterprise


Indore : UK-based charity ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ has announced Choithram School, Manik Bagh as the winner of People Award of the School Enterprise Challenge 2016, the second highest award of the implementation phase.

 The award carries a cash prize of $2000 and a funded place to a regional conference organised by School Enterprise Challenge.  The school received the award in recognition to exceptional school business established in school and its contribution in developing business and practical skills amongst students. More than 5000 schools from over 100 countries participated in the contest this year.

As a part of business enterprise ‘Good Earth’, students from Montessori to Class 10 prepared handicrafts from recycled material, compost from dry leaves and saplings from flower cuttings while the business team of Class 11 and 12 was involved in selling these items during the fundraising events.   The profits generated were used for setting up a library at Bahu Udeshya Seva Samiti, an orphanage, gifting musical instruments to the visually handicapped of the blind school and providing school bags to slum children of ‘Souls for Slums’ Charitable Society.

The contest challenges young people to establish a socially responsible, environment sustainable, yet profitable, business at their school.

This offers a platform for providing hands-on relevant education to students, at the same time as generating extra income for the school.

Dean International Affairs at the school Raminder Mac remarked, “School Enterprise Challenge is a platform to hone the entrepreneurial skills of the students by providing them experiential learning as well as brings them closer to the environment and community.”