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Teach A Man To Fish

Teach A Man To Fish works with schools in Africa, Latin America and Asia to set up school businesses. These businesses are both educational and profitable – teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generating much-needed income for schools.

How did they use the Skills Builder Framework?

Teach A Man To Fish have used the Skills Builder tool in 37 schools across Eastern Cape and KZN in South Africa. They started off by explaining what soft skills are and why they are so important to the teachers and learners together. They then split the teachers and learners up to complete baseline skills assessments on four of the skills; Leadership, Teamwork, Presenting and Problem Solving. 

What's been the impact of using the Framework?

Teach A Man To Fish found the Framework a very easy tool to use and the participants found it very relevant. It gave teachers a clear ‘rubric’ to follow to assess something that can be quite intangible and it reinforces the importance of the projects run by Teach A Man To Fish and the reasons why schools take part in them.

How do they plan to use the Framework in the future?

Teach A Man To Fish are keen to use the Framework in other countries where they work with schools, including potentially Uganda and Rwanda in order to raise teachers’ awareness of the importance of these skills and to make them tangible so they can track their students’ skill progress.

My hope is that Skills Builder can become a common language through which we can collectively learn to be better at what we do - increasing our collective impact for the benefit of young people wherever they are.

Nik Kafka, CEO & Founder

From South Africa Teach A Man To Fish perspective, it provides a very clear rubric in which to measure something that at times can be quite intangible. It creates a road-map for both teachers and learners to see what they can do to improve their own soft skills.

Susannah Morcowitz, South Africa Lead

From an organisational perspective understanding more reliably and systematically how to better support schools to increase learning outcomes, will be hugely helpful as we strive to improve programme quality and effectiveness.

Nik Kafka, CEO & Founder