Entreprising schools

Entreprising schools

Prague, Czech RepublicPrague, Czech Republic
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Helping schools to become entrepreneurial - to generate profit, invest in innovation and develop student´s entrepreneurial thinking

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

After 20 year of democratic development, Czech public schools in all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary) suffer. Why is that so? - school directors lack ressources to motivate and reward good teachers due to their dependendence on the state funding - they also lack capacities to use the capital of the schools effectively to generate profit and invest in improvements - teachers are using frontal methods of teaching, focus on theory, they are often burnt out and undefinanced - young people are bored in the classes, public schools are rarely or not building confidence, develop trust, empathy, teamwork, and so much needed social and entrepreneurial skills required on todays global labour market, many of them end up unemployed

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our solution is to bring more entrepreneurial thinking into Czech public schools. 1) we want to help the schools to generate effectively their own profit and to have more freedom in investing it in their current needs - especially human ressources and pupils 2) as soon as the school optimizes its own business and and is able to generate profit, we want to create a fund from which we could finance our courses and support students projects 3) we want to coach the students to come up with their own social entrepreneurial solutions to help their school and community and coach them to initiate and realize their own projects 4) we want to include active teachers to the process so that they can learn new methods and interactive tools while cooperating on the projects to be able to coach the students themselves 5) we want to create an social network where schools and students could exchange their goog practices and fundraise for their initiatives
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The first activity to start up a school business. Step 1 - Is to contact school directors and make an analysis of 1) the most burning needs and desired investments on the school and 2) of a business potential of the school - want to have look on their social and human capital, their physical ressources (classrooms, areas to rent etc.) In the next stage we would come up with solutions (products and services) for the school and start up with the business in order to be able to earn money for the school and pay ourselves. As soon as the school generates surplus a part of it will go to our fund (independent on the school accounting). Step 2 - Is to start up with including students and teachers into the whole process. We would start up courses and working groups where students could learn about the current entrepreneurial activities of the school, think about its problems (or/and problems in the community) and come up with creative solutions. In the working group(s), students would start to work on their projects. Our role would be to coach the students, offer practical workshops on different soft and entrepreneurial skills and to find an optimal way of how to include teachers. Step 3 - We would then focus on "selling" the students products and include them in the fundraising and PR activities to promote both their school and their work. Step 4 - The money collected in our fund should serve both to support students projects and to help other schools to do the same thing and to multiply this model in the Czech Republic and who knows where else...
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are several NGO´s trying to focus on developing entrepreneurial skills among students but they are mostly dependent on short term grants and therefore, the projects are not sustainable. Their advantages remain in close contact with the schools they cooperate with and in their long lasting experience. Nevertheless, in our model, we believe that we are coming up with an innovation that can work much better and attract many schools and their directors. Since our organisation has been cooperating with around 20 schools so far, we have a place to start up. Furthermore, we have a good financial stability thanks to our own current entrepreneurial activities (outdoor, teambuilding and soft skills activities for schools and companies) helping us to be independent on public funding.
About You
Organization:
Jules a Jim
About You
First Name

Lukas

Last Name

Policar

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Jules a Jim

Organization Country

, PR, Prague

Country where this project is creating social impact

, PR, Prague

Your role in Education

Coach, Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Providing consulting to schools, learning them how to make their own money effectively and learning students to think entrepreneurial.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Challenging dependence of the schools on the state. Bringing more freedom, money and needed skills to directors, teachers and students.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We are still in a project idea stage. The current activities of our organisation are based in developing social and personal skills among pupils, students and teachers with a help of non-formal and experiential learning. We use socio-psychological activities and outdoor games to build up trust, empathy, improve communication skills, challenge socio-pathological behaviour (such as bullying) and build up a good working teams (instead of "classes") where students and teacher communicate openly and as partners. Since 10 years have been also helping schools to fundraise for this kind of activities that the students are often not able to pay for. So far, around 15 schools are regularly using our services and asking us for helping them to implement the innovative pedagogical methods we use into their curricula.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

This project definitely requires a long-term vision and conscious plan. In 3 years we would like to reach at least 3 schools to generate enough profit to finance the running costs of the project and to contribute regularly to the fund. We also want to have 3 social entrepreneurial programmes on these schools to their students where they could realize their own projects. We want to have started up with a fundraising platform where schools and students can present and fundraise for their projects.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

1. Insufficient and low quality of human ressources. Prevention: strong team behind, strong motivation, strong networks in the Czech Republic, skills and experience behind
2. Low interest/lack of capacities of the schools. Prevention: Designing the model in a way that would motivate school employees (director, teachers) both financially and qualitatively to devote their time and motivation to the project - to say yes.
3. Low potential of the schools to do business. Prevention: choosing the right schools
4. Legal regulations. Prevention: ongoing consulting with lawyers
5. Low interest of students. Prevention: focusing on motivation, results achievement and prestige of such a project, organising events and gatherings where students can share,present their work and feel satisfaction

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Our pilot school offers new services that generates additional profit thanks to our support

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Setting up an agreement and cooperation with a school director on our pilot school

Task 2

Analysing the school entrepreneurial potential and identifying business opportunities

Task 3

Selling concrete services and earning money

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Our pilot school invests in starting up a pupils entrepreneurship programme. We are launching a cooperation with new school.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Setting-up the fund out of the profits generated by the school business (+ other ressources)

Task 2

Designing the pupils entrepreneurship programme in cooperation with school management and active teacher(s)

Task 3

Convincing another school and establishing a cooperation

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

Since many years we have been trying to help schools in developing entrepreneurial and soft skills among pupils and students. Due to the lack of finance, these programmes have been usually short, one-shot and therefore unsustainable both for learning objectives and for our organisation. We decided to use the idea of social entrepreneurship to help schools to earn money to finance these programmes that we offer, they want, need but often can´t afford. The state support is weak and tightening and we want to give schools more freedom. When discussing this idea with several school directors, teachers and business professionals, we realized that they like it and that they are ready to support it. We also met teachers and school directors from Danish "Production schools" and studied Norwegian concept of Entreprising Education to see the already existing practices. We believe that have capacities, enough reference and positive feedback to think, that we can make it.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

Our project will be based on partnerships with schools. So far we have been cooperating with 20 schools in the Czech Republic. Furthermore, we will focus on searching for partnerships among businesses in local communities and eventually local government. We have also pre-established a partnership with one school in Denmark and we will also try to make a closer partnership with The Hub Prague - a company supporting eco-social innovation based in Prague and join strategic networks in our field of work.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

We are a strong team of commited and experienced youth workers, trainers, teachers and entrepreneurs who want to put their strengths together. Majority of us has experience with both teaching / facilitating and consulting / sales. We also have a strong network of volunteers both students and professionals who are open to give us feedbacks and coach us on our way to acheive our goals. In our team we focus on having the people with strong determination, professional experience, entrepreneurial spirit, moral integrity and capacity for creative solutions.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Our main need currently is to find an investment into our project. We would also welcome professional support and consulting in the field of (social) entrepreneurship and school management.
We can offer our innovative ideas, high quality human ressources (mainly youth workers, trainers) but also young researchers.
We are open and eager to cooperate with similar projects around the world.