Birdswood lauded for en­trepreneur­ship

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO EDUCATION - Gugu Myeni

BIRDSWOOD Sec­ondary was among 27 high schools across the coun­try lauded by Eskom for suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment­ing en­trepreneur­ship ed­u­ca­tion for their learn­ers.

The power util­ity paid homage to the schools dur­ing the 2018 Eskom Si­mama Ranta Awards held in Johannesburg last week.

The lo­cal school rep­re­sented the prov­ince in the na­tional Eskom Si­mama Ranta En­trepreneur­ship Ed­u­ca­tion com­pe­ti­tion af­ter they were crowned the over­all win­ner in the prov­ince, re­ceiv­ing a R50 000 prize.

‘Through this ini­tia­tive, the Eskom De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and En­ter­prise With Ed­u­ca­tion Trust want to con­trib­ute to­wards erad­i­cat­ing poverty and un­em­ploy­ment, es­pe­cially among the youth.

‘All South African in­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary schools can en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘To qual­ify, schools must run en­ter­prise clubs that teach their learn­ers the ba­sics of start­ing and run­ning a busi­ness through practical ap­pli­ca­tion while also re­spond­ing to their com­mu­ni­ties’ so­cio-eco­nomic needs,’ Eskom said.

The Chair­man of the Eskom De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, Chose Choeu said through this com­pe­ti­tion, Eskom seeks to em­power young peo­ple and give them the skills to be able to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for them­selves.

‘We need more job creators than job seek­ers.

‘Si­mama Ranta seeks to un­earth fu­ture en­trepreneurs and help them gain the skills needed to make it in the world of busi­ness and this is one of the best cat­a­lysts for im­prov­ing our econ­omy,’ said Choeu.

Birdswood Sec­ondary prin­ci­pal, Stan­ley Maz­ibuko said the school has been run­ning clas­sic me­dia ser­vices, a con­cept which en­com­passes a learn­ing cen­tre, cof­fee shop and in­ter­net café.

‘Our main fo­cus is the learn­ing cen­tre and as a school we are em­brac­ing the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion, ex­pos­ing learn­ers to the world through elec­tronic tourism.

‘We open up the space for ru­ral schools and we also have a con­fer­ence room they can utilise,’ Maz­ibuko said.

He said they are also re­spond­ing to the chal­lenges in the econ­omy and have been granted per­mis­sion to in­tro­duce oceans’ econ­omy stud­ies.

‘Cur­rently there is no school re­spond­ing to this sec­tor and we want to change that,’ he said.

Birdswood Sec­ondary School re­ceiv­ing R50 000 prize at the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion

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