Application Colses: July 9, 2017
Applications are now invited for the 2017 Beyond School Community (BSC) Challenge for students and teachers. This is an initiative of the
Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN), that aims to engage young people for the purpose of creating impact within their community and developing critical
entrepreneurial skills. The program seeks to inspire students to improve their communities through
The BSC Challenge provides a platform for teams of outstanding secondary school students to create
community development projects that put people’s own talents and ideas at the center of improving their livelihoods. Guided by advisors and supported by their
schools, the students take an entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success.
With the headline question: If you could solve one problem in your community, what would it be? the
BSC Challenge invites students to identify a problem within their community and propose a solution with social and economic impact. Are you a secondary school student or teacher? Do you know anyone who is? Then invite them to to be part of this.
Five Finalists Teams will receive invitation to the Final Competition Pitch and MWFAAN/Beyond School Summit 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria and
Certificate of Participation for each team.
Top three Winning Teams will receive the following:
Cash prize of N400,000 to be
shared as follows:
N250,000 prize for
the winning team
N100,000 prize for
second place team
N50,000 prize for third place team
Access to three months mentoring.
Educational grant for each winning
team member. Award plaque for the Schools involved.
One teacher will receive a cash prize and certificate award for their
outstanding achievement and
commitment towards the program.
Applications are open to teams and
not individuals. Each team must be
made up of 3 students and 1 teacher.
Students should be currently enrolled in a secondary school in Nigeria.
Advisors should be full-time Teaching or Non‐teaching staff of the school where students are enrolled at.
Students should be in their SS1 and
Age limit for students is 13‐18.
Advisors should be above 18 years.
Participants should be passionate
about learning and engaging in
A panel of judges from Nigerian Breweries, Business leaders and the Mandela Washington Fellowship
Alumni Association will evaluate proposals and recommend finalists based on the following criteria:
Creativity and Innovation – Is the
business model viable?
Social Impact ‐ Does the proposal
address a real social issue? Can the
solution create direct and indirect
impact on the community?
Scalability – Can the solution be
scaled and replicated in another
Sustainability – Does the solution
consider business and environmental sustainability?
How it Works
The steps are as follows:
1. Students and teachers build teams, with each team made up of 3
students between 13 and 18 years
with one teacher as an Advisor.
2. Teams take the YALI Learns course online or offline with the help of their teacher. If teams decide to take the course offline, a Mandela Washington Fellow or YALI Network member should facilitate this.
3. Team members work together to
identify a problem they want to solve and design a solution with a business model with the help of their teacher.
The solution should also be
addressing at least one of the SDGs.
4. They submit an online application before the deadline.
5. During the week of July 17, 2017,
all teams will be notified of their
application status via email or phone.
Finalist teams will be publicly
announced on our website and social media platforms on July 17, 2017.
6. Five finalist teams (students and
advisors) are invited to Lagos for a
Pitch Competition and MWFAAN/
Beyond School Summit with
investors, partners, mentors and
Mandela Washington Fellows.
Teachers should click here to
register on behalf of their student
The registration portal is open for six weeks for teams to apply for the
competition. During this time, teams will do the following:
Complete their team profile and
upload their photo.
Complete the selected YALI Learns course and obtain their
digital certificate Brainstorm ideas and complete an online
application with their solution.
Wait for a submission email
confirmation and the announcement of finalists.