Birdswood lauded for entrepreneurship
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