Previous Conferences

Education That Pays For Itself 2015 - India

In November 2015, we hosted our 9th annual conference on Sustainability and Innovation in Education for the first time in India! Over 200 educators, policy-makers, business people, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and NGOs from 25 countries joined us  to share their ideas and knowledge on "21st Century Skills: Creating a Generation of Entrepreneurs."

The School Enterprise Challenge has been extremely popular in India since it began in 2011, receiving the highest number of entries each year. It was wonderful to meet all the schools and NGOs that are running school businesses across India and to see their products and sales techniques on show in our market place! A special thank you to KIIT School, our conference hosts and to everyone who attended.

Education That Pays For Itself 2014 - Uganda

The 2014 conference in at Mackay Memorial College in Kampala, Uganda was the first conference held at a government school and involved the whole teacher and student body. Students from the school’s business club sold products including snacks, jewellery, purses and bags. They also gave school tours and exhibited different school business projects at the school including their poultry business, piggery, organic fertiliser business, briquettes and their newly opened museum.


Education That Pays For Itself’ 2014 was the largest conference to date. 217 people attended from 21 countries.
The broad range of speakers and facilitators included students, teachers, business people and speakers from the Ugandan Department of Education, Uganda Manufactures Association, Fundación Paraguaya, The Saville Foundation, Akilah, STIR Education, PEDN, Educate!  PEAS, the British Council and the Kampala Capital City Authority.

Education That Pays For Itself 2013- Paraguay

From October 22nd to 24th 2013, Teach A Man To Fish, with their partners Fundación Paraguaya held the conference at the San Francisco Agricultural School in Paraguay. Some 160 people attended from over 20 countries from around the world.The seventh annual conference had the theme ‘Linking Education, Employability and Enterprise’.

Highlights included lively interactive workshops such as: 'Business Plans for Education and Production' and 'Using Technology to Improve the Quality of Education' and social and networking events like our talent show and awards ceremony and our end of conference informal party, the 'Peña'.


Education That Pays For Itself 2012 - Tanzania

With over 90 delegates from all over the world, The Sixth Annual Education That Pays For Itself conference had the theme ‘Transforming Outcomes For Students: Sustainable Education, Youth, Entrepreneurship & Employment'’. Based in the Njombe region of Tanzania at the Professional College of Njombe, participants had the chance to get to know the school and its businesses as it works towards financial self-sufficiency.

Highlights included lively round-table sessions and the ‘Ideas Marketplace’- which encouraged delegates to learn from each other's experiences and share learning outcomes from their projects. Delegates left inspired to to integrate entrepreneurship teaching and income-generation in their schools!

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Education That Pays For Itself 2011 - Nicaragua

With over 70 delegates from all over the world, The Fifth Annual Education That Pays For Itself conference had the theme ‘Sustainable Education, Transforming Outcomes for Students’ emphasizing the ultimate goal of all education – creating positive change for students.

A major focus of the conference was on how the changes required to target financial self-sufficiency directly support improvements in the quality of learning and outcomes for students - equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed in life.

Education That Pays For Itself 2010 - Tanzania

With over 120 delegates from 30 countries, The Fourth Annual Education That Pays For Itself conference was a round-table for discussion, dilemmas, and solutions! 

Located in Tanzania, the 2010 conference site resides near our five future Teach a Man to Fish partner schools. On the theme of future expansion, leading development experts delved into the challenges of building and operating self-sufficient schools. They discussed assessment measurements to observe impact and poverty reduction.

Highlights included lively breakout sessions and the ‘Idea Marketplace’—a forum that encouraged delegates to teach and learn from personal experiences.


Education That Pays For Itself 2009 - Ecuador

Ecuador welcomed over 100 delegates from 27 countries for the Third Annual Education That Pays For Itself Conference

The event had a theme for each of its three days:  Connect! Involve! and Unleash!  Attendees listened to renowned speakers and discussed the central questions underlying the Self-Sufficient School model.

How do educational institutions provide high quality education without high fees? How can secondary schools empower future generations to break out of the poverty trap?  The chance to learn and share ideas with development experts was both energizing and inspiring!


Education That Pays For Itself 2008 - South Africa

South Africa greeted practitioners, educators, and development experts for the Second Annual Education That Pays For Itself conference.

Located in the first Teach a Man to Fish school in South Africa, this conference discussed implementation to operation of Self-Sufficient Schools. More than just a conference, this opportunity transformed over 140 delegates from 25 countries into network partners!

Interested in transforming education in the developing world, delegates left inspired to integrate entrepreneurship and financial sustainability into the fabric of their own schools.


Education That Pays For Itself 2007 - Paraguay

Leading practitioners of the Self-Sufficient School model conversed, brainstormed, and networked at the First Annual Education That Pays For Itself conference in Paraguay.

Discussing the dilemmas and solutions involved in creating a new breed of schools, over 140 delegates from 21 countries sought answers to the fundamental problems plaguing education. How can delegates insure these schools in the developing world meet local needs while achieving institutional sustainability?

As the conference drew to a close, delegates mandated Teach a Man to Fish to coordinate a network for sustainable education—a network you can still join today to share information and organize events!