International Development charity, Teach A Man To Fish, have officially launched the 5th annual Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2012. The competition, open until 20th December, is a way to publicise and reward pioneering educational organisations that are having a positive impact on local communities within Africa. There is a top prize of $10,000, two runners up prizes of $5,000 and awards of $1000 for the best entrant from every country in Africa. The top three awardees will receive their prizes in early 2013 and all-expense-paid trips to the 2013 ‘Education That Pays for Itself’ conference. Teach a Man To Fish, a UK-based charity, created this competition to showcase innovative organisations in Africa that are successfully tackling the educational challenges across the continent. The competition is open to all organisations based in Africa that is working in primary, secondary, tertiary, non-formal and adult education. Previous winners include the Smallholders Foundation who tackle youth unemployment in Nigeria through agricultural and entrepreneurial education, and the Mama Zimbi Foundation for empowering widows in Ghana through a pragmatic program of education. “All the evidence shows that programs which are innovative, sustainable … are the most effective way to address educational challenges. The Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education draws international attention to organizations’ achievements so others can learn from their success and imitate their approach,” said Nik Kafka, Managing Director of Teach A Man To Fish. In the past, this competition has received over 350 applications with organisation from 27 countries winning monetary awards. These awards have been used to fund a library in Gambia, irrigation equipment in Kenya and training instructors in Nigeria. The publicity the awards have generated, has lead to the construction of a dormitory in Senegal and impacted school partners in Somalia. The deadline for entries is December 20th 2012, and results will be announced in the new year. To apply, visit the competition website – www.teachamantofish.org.uk/pan-african-awards and complete the online application form. Application is free of charge.
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