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A team of enterprising Year 10 students from the South London school scooped £3000 for their school for their innovative business idea.
The students pitched their winning idea in a Dragons’ Den’ style to a panel of business experts, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan at Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Competition final in Central London on Thursday 15th March.
Their idea, a new payment system that can be built into wristbands and other accessories would provide secure, cashless micropayments and can be managed by parents, enabling them to track their children’s spending both in school and at participating local businesses. By tapping their wristband or accessory onto a reader and entering a secure pin, students will be able to pay for school dinners, stationary and school trips without the risk of carrying cash around. Parents will be alerted to spending and be able to top up balances via text. It could transform how students spend money in schools.
Commenting, one of the students Shaista Waqu Ahmed, age 15 said “This has been an amazing experience! We have really learnt about teamwork and how to work together really hard to achieve something. Getting to the final has been a lot of hard work, but every session with our mentor has been worth it. We’re now inspired to start our business and make it a reality.”
The Southfields students were are among just five teams to reach the final of the 2012 Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, an annual competition designed to give 11-16 year olds first-hand experience of the world of business and encourage enterprise skills, with guidance from experienced business mentors. The final was hosted by ITV newsreader Mary Nightingale at Hogan Lovells law firm in London and involved each team delivering 3 minute pitches to a panel of judges*. As well as the top prize of £2500 cash for their school, plus £500 seed funding to turn their idea into reality, the winners were also treated to a surprise tea at the House of Lords, and a unique afternoon behind the scenes at the ITV news studio, during which they learnt how to create a news report. They will also receive mentoring support from Apax Private Equity Partners to help them get their business off the ground.
Now in its 4th year, the Enterprise Challenge is run by Mosaic, a campaign founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, which forms part of Business in the Community. Mosaic aims to raise the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, through exposure to positive role models and mentoring. Prior to the final, the students progressed through the qualifying stages of the challenge by competing to generate the highest possible score in a unique online business simulation game, and producing an ethical business strategy with guidance from business mentors. You can view more about the Enterprise Challenge below:
The Southfields team were mentored by Saba Shaukat who accompanied them to the Grand Final. Commenting she said: “The young people put in a tremendous amount of effort throughout this process, while also juggling their exams and other commitments. It has been very inspiring to see their confidence and self belief grow each week and I am delighted at their success today.”
The competition is co-sponsored by the Apax Foundation and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as part of its commitment to enable people able to realise their potential to get on in life, irrespective of their background, including widening access to jobs and training and encouraging educational aspiration and enterprise.
Commenting Communities Minister Andrew Stunell OBE MP,said: “I congratulate the Southfields Community College team on their victory in the Enterprise Challenge Grand Final. Their efforts impressed all those in attendance and I hope will give them the inspiration and confidence to continue with innovative business ideas in their own communities in the near future”
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic said “Each year we are blown away by how creative and enterprising young people can be and this year is no exception. This competition is all about equipping young people with the skills confidence and ambition to turn their ideas into reality while exposing them to realistic role models from the world of business. Entrepreneurship builds self-confidence in young people, while fostering a can-do attitude – some of the most valuable traits to cultivate in young people in this economic climate. We congratulate the winners on their success and look forward seeing the winners develop their business with their mentor.”
The judging panel
David Harris, Co-Chief Executive of Hogan Lovells
Stuart Hoggan, Department of Communities and Local Government
Andrew Fiddaman, Managing Director Youth Business International
Nabila Sadiq, Mosaic Board Member
Faiz Bhanji, Associate, Apax Partners
About the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge2011-2012
Stage One: November 2011 – January 2012 – With support from their mentors, students practiced the online game and developed their responsible business strategies.
Stage Two: January / February 2012 Teams demonstrated what they have learned by playing the game competitively, working towards their highest net profit which was entered into a national league table.
Stage Three: March 2012
The top five teams (based on the combined online game and ethical business strategy) competed in the Grand Final in London on 15 March 2012. As part of the Final, teams pitched their business ideas to a judging panel and werel be scored on the quality of their pitch, before an overall Enterprise Challenge 2012 winner was announced.
Winners will receive: £2500 for their school; £500 seed money towards the business idea they pitched to the judges and a special secret prize to be announced on the day.
On Wednesday 7th March 2012, the Naz Legacy Foundation was officially launched by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan at Ernest Bevin College, the school which Naz Bokhari OBE become the first Muslim to be headmaster of a secondary school.
The launch announced the charities that will be supported by the Foundation and details about the Naz Bokhari Award and a portrait of Naz Bokhari OBE, which will be displayed in the college.
Minister in the Department of Education supports the launch of the Naz Legacy Foundation. Sarah Teather MP – recorded a message of support for the launch of the foundation last week at the Department of Education. She was the former shadow education spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats when Naz was a senior Judge at the Teaching Awards.
Picture – Minister reading Naz’s Obituary printed in The Times.
Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it… Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.’ – Steve Jobs. One year on from the passing of Naz Bokhari, we wanted to share with you one of the best speeches ever made.
Foundation Support HRH Princes of Wales Charity – The Pakistan Recovery Fund
The Naz Legacy Foundation has received a silver medal commissioned by the HRH Prince of Wales’ latest charitable initiative – The Pakistan Recovery Fund (PRF). The limited editions made from one of The Queen’s medal makers are designed to recognise support to the Fund and also act as a public testament to the contributions made by individuals and organisations. The Foundation helped raise over £170k excluding gift aid in less than two months.
Hina Bokhari on receiving his medal said:
‘our father lived most of his life in the UK, however he never forgot about his roots back home in Pakistan. He was a strong supporter of HRH initiatives and we felt compiled to help the PRF when approached by our late father’s former pupil Rt Hon Sadiq Khan to support this much needed cause for the flood victims of Pakistan.’
HRH The Prince of Wales’ concern for the situation in Pakistan moved him to make a personal donation in the immediate aftermath of the floods. Subsequently he set up the Pakistan Recovery Fund, a time-bound initiative dedicated to raising between £2-5milliion for flood victims.
In his speech at the gala dinner HRH The Prince of Wales’ re-iterated both his personal affinity with Pakistan and the pressing need to address the humanitarian challenges the country is facing. His reaction to the damage caused by the floods was to ‘turn to [his] charities to see what practical support they could offer…and several groups answered this call straight away.’ The people of Pakistan ‘need our help and we must not be silent in their time need.’ He spoke about the need to ‘draw the spotlight’ back onto the victims of the Pakistani floods. With the Fund we ‘have the opportunity to rebuild towns and villages and infrastructure, not to mention livelihoods and health. HRH explained that fund places the ‘highest possible priority on transparency, quality control and delivery on the ground.’ HRH expressed his heartfelt thanks to everyone in joining him to support the cause.
The Pakistan Recovery Fund has been convened by the British Asian Trust, one of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities. The British Asian Trust will work alongside partner organisations and local delivery partners to ensure transparency and accountability. They will employ a robust due diligence process, which will allow funds to be channeled to effective local delivery partners operating in the Punjab and Sindh regions. The Pakistan Recovery Fund aims to provide support in four key areas: homes, education, health and livelihoods. Without basic shelter, protection from common disease and an opportunity to learn and develop, Pakistan will struggle to rebuild itself.
Dr Raphael Wilkins with Hina Bokhari who received Naz Bokhari’s award with Lord Mitchell
First Muslim Headmaster to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from The College of Teachers
On the 17th May 2011, Naz Bokhari OBE joined an elite group of world-renowned educators when he became the first Muslim to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from The College of Teachers. This award is conferred upon individuals who have made a significant contribution to education nationally or internationally.
His daughter Hina, who received the award on behalf of her late father said ‘we are all very proud of our father’s achievements. He had to overcome many obstacles to become first Muslim headmaster. His dedicated service to education is a hallmark of a man who was an epitome of a public servant.’
The President of the College of Teachers, Raphael Wilkins, commented as follows. ‘The College has awarded Naz Bokhari the Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his broad contribution to education, especially through his leadership of Ernest Bevin College and his contributions to institutional governance including as a member of GTCE and of the College’s own Council, where his experience and commitment were greatly appreciated.’
His local MP, Rt Hon Chris Graylings, commented as follows: “Naz Bokhari was a real pathfinder in education in this country, who set an example for many many others to achieve in our schools.”
Previous Honorary Fellows include: Dr Johnny Ball, Sir Michael Barber 2010, Dr Yvonne Burne OBE 2010, Rebecca Edwards 2010, Professor Michael Reiss 2010, Lady Vallance of Tummel 2010, Chris Waterman 2010, Professor Mick Waters 2010, Professor Robin Alexander 2009, Christine Gilbert CBE 2009, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall 2009, Professor Lesley Saunders 2009, William Simmonds 2009, John Simpson CBE 2009, Alan Tuckett OBE 2009, Dr Hilary Emery 2008, Professor Ray Page 2008, Mike Baker 2006, Professor Joan Freeman 2006, Sir David Green KCMG 2006, The Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley 2006, Professor Philip Adey 2002, John Atkins 2002, The Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate CBE 2002, The Baroness Susan Greenfield of Ot Moor CBE 2001, Professor David Hargreaves 2001, Sir Trevor McDonald OBE 2001, Professor Geoff Whitty 2001, Chief Emeka Anyoaku GVCO 1998, Professor Robert Franklin CBE 1998, Dr Stephen Hegarty 1998, John McIntosh 1998, Efua Sutherland-Addy 1998, Dr John Trim 1998, Tim Wheatley 1998