The Beyond School Community (BSC) Challenge is a national community development and entrepreneurship program for secondary school students. It aims to engage young people in Nigeria for the purpose of creating impact within their community and developing critical entrepreneurial skills. The program seeks to inspire students to improve their communities through entrepreneurial action.
The BSC Challenge provides a platform for teams of outstanding secondary school students to create community development projects that put people’s own talents and ideas at the center of improving their livelihoods. Guided by advisors and supported by their schools, the students take an entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success.
With the headline question: If you could solve one problem in your community, what would it be? the BSC Challenge invites students to identify a problem within their community and propose a solution with social and economic impact.
The steps are as follows:
1. Students build teams, with each team made up of 3 students between 13 and 18 years with one teacher as an Advisor.
2. Teams take the YALI Learns course online or offline with the help of their teacher. If teams decide to take the course offline, a Mandela Washington Fellow or YALI Network member should facilitate this.
3. Team members work together to identify a problem they want to solve and design a solution with a business model with the help of their teacher. The solution should also be addressing at least one of the SDGs.
4. They submit an online application before the deadline.
5. Five finalist teams (students and advisors) are invited to Lagos for a pitch competition and Summit with investors, partners, mentors and Mandela Washington Fellows.
The registration portal is open for six weeks for teams to apply for the competition. During this time, teams will do the following:
• Register online as teams with their details and profile.
• Complete the selected YALI Learns course and obtain their digital certificate
• Brainstorm ideas and complete an online application with their solution
During the week of August 1, 2017, all teams will be notified of their application status via email or phone. Finalist teams will be publicly announced on our website and social media platforms on August 1, 2017.
|Day 1||Arrival, registration and debrief|
|Day 2||In-person training, volunteer outreach, excursion and courtesy visits.|
|Day 3||The Pitch Competition and Awards dinner|
The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria will provide Mentoring and Monitoring and evaluation services for the Winning team.
A panel of judges from Nigerian Breweries, Business leaders and the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association will evaluate proposals and recommend finalists based on the following criteria:
• Creativity and Innovation – Is the business model viable?
• Social Impact ‐ Does the proposal address a real social issue? Can the solution create direct and indirect impact on the community?
• Scalability – Can the solution be scaled and replicated in another environment?
• Sustainability – Does the solution consider business and environmental sustainability?