British Council equips students with free enterprise skills using football
British Council is working around the clock to host an event aptly tagged ‘Premier Skills Enterprise Challenge’ – to engage, inspire and unlock business and enterprise skills among the youth of Botswana. Introduced in 2015, the programme uses football to teach secondary school students about the basic principles of business and how to think and act entrepreneurially.
The upcoming event will be held at the Botswana Football Association’s (BFA) Lekidi Centre Auditorium next week Friday (February 16th) where students from five senior secondary schools – Mmadinare, Goodhope, Kgari Sechele, Ledumang and Gaborone Senior Secondary School are expected to battle it out for an opportunity to win a coveted trip to the United Kingdom (UK).
According to Gabriel Gape, the Projects Coordinator at British Council Botswana, the theme of this year’s enterprise challenge is “Diversifying your fan base during match day” and students will be expected to present to a panel of judges ideas on how the Botswana Premier League (BPL) teams can diversify their fan base during the live football match day. “The winning students will be required to produce a video which will be pooled with others from all the competing countries, including the UK for the finals,” said Gape.
“The Premier Skills is a British Council and English Premier League initiative which uses football to develop young people around the world, drawing upon the global appeal of the Premier League and its expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network and track record of community programme delivery,” said Gape.
“Through Premier Skills, young people, often including the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and to raise their self-esteem,” he concluded.