The weekend of the 6th of April was characterised by celebrations by young primary school students at the Bizkid’s Schools Challenge Competition. The event, held at Baobab School in Gaborone, saw students from different primary schools facing off to show case their business skills acquired from the entrepreneurship training they got from the Bizkid.
More than 20 schools were invited, with support from Glenrand MIB and the Business Place to be taught the basics of entrepreneurship over a period on 6 weeks. The training attracted students from both private and public schools of age between 9 and 14, learning the principles of free enterprise and at the same time expected to practice the same and show their relevance in real life situations.
Launched in 2011, The Bizkid is a ready for action Program aimed at grooming prospect business leaders (aged 9-14) through teaching the basics of entrepreneurship.
The event, which was attended by parents, teachers, students and corporate companies, saw students discussing business concepts of among others, marketing, competition, finance.
The day started with the Executive Director of the Bizkid International, Moshe Seloko breaking the ground, by emotionally and inspiringly introducing the Bizkid and its past. He related how the he is concerned about graduates who leave tertiary to find jobs than creating employment and hence the creation of Bizkid, which is a local product, 100 % owned by Batswana with intentions of changing the lives by inspiring young people.
As a motivational speaker, Seloko touched the hearts of attendants by showing how his life almost lost direction due to lack of career counseling while at secondary level. “We have created our Entrepreneurial Program to help kids develop entrepreneurial ideas and to provide steps to take in the entrepreneurial journey’, said Seloko.
Asked for her comment, the Bizkid training coordinator, Ms Obakeng Serole said they “believe that the key to success in teaching the ideals to free enterprise is through hands on engagements” and hence the need to inspire these kids through hands on engagement in a simulated manufacturing industry.
The Bizkid Marketing Executive Ms Keitumetse Serwe, also added that the Bizkid operates in more than 20 schools in Gaborone, Maun and Lobatse, some of which are Saint Mary’s, Ben Thema, Hillcrest International, Baobab, Phakalane, Regent International, Masa, Lesedi, Broadhurst, Northside, Westwood International, Okavango International and Botlhale International. She said their focus is more than just on Gaborone and its surroundings but also other parts of the country as they shall launch in Francistown very soon. She said they already have enquiries from as far as Kwa-Zulu Natal Province in South Africa and Lusaka in Zambia.
At the end of the event, a partnership between Benthema, Regent and Baobab schools won the grand prize of the day. Bizkid holds several high-profile partnerships, such as Glenrand and The Business Place, Botswana Insurance Holding Company, Bank Gaborone, 779 world events, Live ‘o Live, La Fabrique and the Witness magazine we there supporting various teams to success.
Bizkid partners include corporations, organizations and individuals’ foundations who see the value in developing future leaders.