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Thirty-four learners from Generation Schools Hermanus campus – a Cambridge school in South Africa – have taken top honours in the 2018 Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge (AGEC). The Challenge gamifies learning about entrepreneurship for high school learners in Grades 8 to 12 in South Africa, and encourages them to act and think like entrepreneurs. Generation Schools Hermanus achieved top spot out of the 628 schools that participated in the Challenge.
The competition ran from 1 August to 12 September. Each week learners had to log on to the AGEC website or mobile app and complete a series of micro-challenges. The challenges expose learners to useful mindsets, habits and concepts for entrepreneurs. These include exposure to exponential technologies such as Blockchain, Digital Biology, Artificial Intelligence or 3D Printing.
Each challenge took between 15 and 60 min to complete. Each challenge had a maximum number of points that could be earned for completing it. Easier challenges needed to be completed in order to unlock the higher value, more difficult challenges.
Chief Executive of Generation Schools, Jevron Epstein, and Lecturer, Falcon Sauvage, attended a gala event on 11 October 2018 to collect the winners’ title. Prizes were also awarded to top performing students and teachers who participated in the competition.
'Education is changing, not because we are waiting for someone to change it for us, but because we are doing it ourselves. Entrepreneurship is the catalyst to economic stimulation but also the expression of imagination and the ability to make the dream real.' said Jevron Epstein.
Mark Barber, Senior Manager Southern Africa, Cambridge International congratulated Generation Schools: 'Cambridge programmes and qualifications prepare school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Delivered by Generation Schools’ teachers, this award demonstrates clear success in the partnership, preparing learners with the entrepreneurial skills needed for success in the 21st century. Many congratulations to all the learners and teachers involved.'
Generation Schools – a group of Cambridge schools in South Africa – has been a Cambridge International School since 2016 and offers the Cambridge Pathway from age 5 to 19.