UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean International Affairs of Choithram School, Manik Bagh as winner of Inspirational Teacher Award of School Enterprise Challenge 2016, the first prize in the teacher category. The award carries with it a prize of $2000. Being the Lead Teacher of the business enterprise of the school, Raminder went the extra mile to hone the entrepreneurial and business skills of the students. Under her mentorship the school received various awards of the School Enterprise Challenge viz., the People Award this year and Special Recognition Award last year as well as awards for Video Pitch, Blogging and T-shirt Designing mini competitions. More than 5000 schools from over 100 countries participated in the contest this year. 

Choithram School, Manik Bagh received the People Award of School Enterprise Challenge 2016, the second highest award of the implementation phase. The award carries with it a prize of $2000 and one funded place to a regional conference. The school received the award in recognition of the exceptional school business ‘Good Earth’ established in the school. As a part of this enterprise, students from Montessori to grade 10 prepared handicrafts from recycled material, compost from dry leaves and saplings from flower cuttings while the business team of grade 11 and 12 was involved in selling these items during the Fundraising Events. The profits generated were used for a charitable cause viz., establishing a library in an orphanage as well as gifting musical instruments to the visually handicapped and school bags to slum children.

“The award has been possible only because of the support of our Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi who has always given us a learning environment to explore and try out new ideas. My gratitude to organizations like the British Council, AFS Intercultural Programs India and Teach a Man to Fish (UK based charity which runs the School Enterprise Challenge) for their wonderful programs which have helped me to reach my acme.”

By Raminder Mac, Volunteer, AFS India