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.

What are the benefits?

• Students build new skills and become a positive force for change in their communities
• Students experience an increased sense of self-­efficacy
• Students build great problem-­solving and team building skills
• Students find a sense of responsibility and pride
• The program promotes learning beyond the classroom, which is essential
• Students get to network with professionals in a way that they might not otherwise be able to just by going to class

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Event Schedule

Registration (May 29 - July 23, 2017)

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

Finalist Announced (Aug 1, 2017)

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.

The Pitch Competition and Summit
– 2 Days (September 18 - ­19, 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
Day 4 Departure

Mentoring and Monitoring/Evaluation – 3 months (Sep - Nov, 2017)

The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria will provide Mentoring and Monitoring and evaluation services for the Winning team.

Award and Prizes

• Invitation to the Final Competition Pitch and MWFAAN/Beyond School Summit 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria
• Cash prize of N400,000 to be shared as follows:
- N250,000 prize for the winning team
- N100,000 prize for second place team
- N50,000 prize for third place team
• Access to three months mentoring.
• Educational grant for each winning team member
• Award plaque for the Schools involved.
• Five Finalist teams will be invited to Final Competition Pitch and Beyond School Summit.
• Certificate of Participation for each team
• One teacher will receive a cash prize and certificate award for their outstanding achievement and commitment towards the program.


• Applications are open to teams and not individuals. Each team must be made up of 3 students and 1 teacher.
• Students should be currently enrolled in a secondary school in Nigeria. Advisors should be full-time Teaching or Non‐teaching staff of the school where students are enrolled.
• Students should be in their SS1 and SS2.
• Age limit for students is 13­‐18. Advisors should be above 18 years.
• Participants should be passionate about learning and engaging in community work

Judging Criteria

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?

The Beyond School Community Challenge is a national community development and entrepreneurship programme for secondary schools in Nigeria. It aims to engage students and teachers in Nigeria for the purpose of creating impact within their community and developing critical entrepreneurial skills. Students are inspired and provided a platform to learn and develop necessary skills to improve their communities through entrepreneurial action.

If your school would like to participate, get your teacher to complete this registration form. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to start your BSC Challenge Application.

Please only register your team once. More than one team can register from your school. However, only one teacher is allowed per team. If you have any questions about the registration process please contact us: orvisit our FAQs here.

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