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Schools scoop business awards

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Since its inception the project has raised awareness and impacted positively on the development of tourism within schools in the district

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THE 2018 Schools’ Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Frances Baard District Municipality, culminated in an awards ceremony held at the Kimberley Big Hole Mine Museum Precinct recently.

The overall winner in the tourism category was William Pescod High School while the overall winner in the business studies sector was Northern Cape High School.

The competition, which took place over a period of three months, promotes tourism and business development and entrepreneurship among pupils and encourages them to think creatively about the role of information and communication technologies in tourism and business development.

Since its inception the project has raised awareness and impacted positively on the development of tourism within schools in the district.

The project affords all schools in the district offering tourism and business studies the opportunity to participate in the competition and to further capacitate pupils in business plan writing and presentation skills.

A total of 10 schools participated in this years’ competition.

Grade entries focused on the following sectors: Grade 10 – Greening Project, Sport Tourism, and Establishment of an Information Centre; Grade 11 – Tourism Route, Adventure Tourism, Eco Tourism; and Grade 12 – Business Tourism.

The Business studies sector focused on the compilation of a business plan compiled by pupils in grade 10 to 12 featuring a business plan, the transformation of the business plan into an action plan and formulating strategies that a business can use in response to the challenges of a macro business environment.

All participating schools qualified for a development incentive grant to the value of R5 000. FBDM will use the prize monies to procure furniture and other items for use in the tourism classrooms.