The Heritage School, Calcutta, was the winner of School Enterprise Challenge, a global competition for over 350 schools, in the Planet Prize category.
Organised by a development charity, Teach A Man To Fish, this international competition aims at rewarding schools for their sustainable and entrepreneurial skills. Ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, the prizes will help students develop business skills and strengthen the community around them.
The School Enterprise Challenge is a global competition open to all formal educational institutes.
It gives an opportunity to schools and students to develop a business that not only generates additional income for the school, but also provides students with valuable business skills.
The Heritage School started a mushroom cultivation business and was awarded the Planet Prize, for the enterprise with the best environmental credentials. Their business, THS Mushroom, successfully generated a cheap, healthy food source in an ecologically friendly way. They grew the mushrooms on waste material from farms, such as straw and sawdust that is usually burnt causing air pollution.
“Our business has bought with it many achievements including a deal with a food store chain to stock our mushrooms and the purchase of books and stationary for students,” said the headmaster of the school.
From this year the School Enterprise Challenge is open to all schools around the globe. In addition to the top prizes for schools, this year's competition will include individual prizes of $2,000 for the best teacher as well as a laptop for the best student.
“We are delighted to be holding the second School Enterprise Challenge. With more countries and schools getting involved the competition will be even bigger and better and more young people will be equipped with the skills needed to enter the business world,” says Nik Kafka, Managing Director of Teach A Man To Fish.