Sage World Cup 2014
The mission of the SAGE is to help create the
next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social
enterprises address the major unmet needs of our global community. SAGE focuses
on educating teen entrepreneurs because, for many, their creative energy has not
been dampened by life’s harsher realities.
Each year, SAGE organizes and hosts a World Cup where national teams of SAGE
teens (13 to 19 years of age) participate in variety for competition to showcase
their projects to a panel of influential members from the business, civic and
During the SAGE World Cup several competitions
are organized under two major categories. These categories are following:
A. Grossman Family SAGE World Cup Awards
for Best Social Enterprise Business (SEB) and Best Socially Responsible Business
B. SAGE International Awards for Best
Social Enterprises Addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The categories are:
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for
One award was given for each of the eight goals to a SAGE team participating in
the SAGE World Cup competition; the team must have successfully developed and
launched a business and/or social venture that best meets the targeted MDG Goal.
SAGE World Cup judges selected the top award in each category.
The SAGE Pakistan Team won the award in the category of ‘gender equality and
empower women’ (goal 3).
In 2008, YES, PVTC and the British Council joined hands to launch first-ever
Youth Social Enterprise Competition in the TVET sector of Pakistan
Being the implementation partner, the YES Network Pakistan took on a very
comprehensive approach that would result in: enabled environment for the
launching and implementation of social entrepreneurship project in technical
institutions; enhanced capacity of technical institutions for social enterprise
education and possible integration for wider utilization and self-employment of
youth by training and seed financing.
It is a matter of great encouragement that the
team trained and financially supported by the YES with the support of the
British Council won gold medal in one category.
Every year YES, PVTC and the British Council create opportunities with local and
international partners to support young people in different stages of their
journey. The team that was sent to participate in the SAGE World Cup 2014 was
also the winner of the National Enterprise Challenge 2012 (implemented by YES
and supported by the British Council) and Youth
Social Enterprise Competition on Peace (organized by YES with the
support from United States Institute of Peace).
Roshaan Khan “It was a great learning experience.
An experience filled with joy, adventure and happiness.”
The Right Step stood National
Champion on SAGE World Cup, proceeding to SAGE (Students for the advancement of
Global Entrepreneurship) World Cup 8-12 August 2014 held at Moscow Russia as
Pakistan national team. Above the team
won Gold Medal for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality and another award by
Federal Tax Service of Russia for promising Tax Payer.
Helps Adolescents Turn Passion into Profession (November, 2013)
By A. Sami Malik
17-year-old Zarri Yousaf has an ambition to become a dress designer and an
entrepreneur. Her passion for making beautiful dresses and the desire to help
her family attain social status and a comfortable living is her motivation to
pursue both formal education and vocational training.
“I dream of becoming a famous dress designer and owning my own boutique”,
says Zarri. “I realise that it will not be easy because I belong to a poor
family, I have to study, help my mother at home and at the same time learn dress
making, but I am trying and will not give up.”
Zarri (17) is pursuing both formal education and vocational
training for dress making with the ambition to become an entrepreneur in fashion
Zarri belongs to a Christian family that lives in a small two-room house located
in the courtyard of a church in Anarkali area of Lahore. Her father, Yousaf
Masih, is the gateman of the church and the head of a seven-member household.
With his meagre resources, it was not possible for Yousaf to afford Zarri’s
education and pay for her to learn dress making.
“After the prayers on a Sunday, Father Joseph Lewis, who is in charge of
our church, told us that the government has set up vocational training centres
where they teach young girls stitching and sewing”, explains Yousaf. “The
nearest centre is almost 15 kilometres from my house and I was afraid to send my
daughter that far. It is also expensive to commute. But when some other girls
from our community started going to the centre, I allowed Zarri to go with
With financial assistance from the Barclays ‘Building Young Futures’
project, UNICEF Child Protection section has partnered with the Punjab
Vocational Training Council (PVTC) which is managing 174 Vocational Training
Institutes across the province, most of which are in rural areas. The objective
of the project is to impart comprehensive vocational and entrepreneurial skills
to the most excluded adolescents in Punjab province of Pakistan.
During the first phase of
the project, 600 adolescent boys and girls are currently being trained as dress
makers, beauticians, electricians and motor cycle mechanics. Each training
course lasts one year, during which trainees are placed in various industries
and businesses for two months to attain practical experience.
Dress making instructor, Mussarrat Hussain, teaches students how to practice
cutting a pattern for clothing on an old newspaper
Zarri’s talent in dress making gets her special attention from her instructor,
Mussarrat Hussian, who says, “Most of the girls in this class are keen to learn
stitching and sewing but Zarri has a natural flare for designing. She tells me
that she has already started making dresses at home for herself and her sisters.
With this training, girls can not only save the tailoring expense, but can also
earn a decent income. Zarri realises that and I am sure she would do very well
in the future.”
Zarri cuts a piece of cloth to make a shalwar (lower body attire)
as her instructor watches.
The Vocational Training Institute that Zarri attends is called ‘Special House’.
Some of the students in this centre have hearing impairments and the management
takes special care that these students get extra attention from their
instructors. The principal of this centre, Khalid Javid, says, “We want these
students to be able to do well in life just like anyone else. We help our
graduates find jobs in various industries and acquire soft loans to start their
“Most of the students in the centre belong to poor families. Some of them
come from far off areas and commuting is expensive. Each student gets only
Rupees 500 per month for transportation which is not enough. This results in
absenteeism and is a problem for us.”
Zarri and other girls in the dress making class practice
cloth stitching on sewing machines
The second phase of the Barclays–UNICEF partnership was launched early this year
and aims to help tackle youth unemployment by improving the prospects of 10,000
disadvantaged young people in Punjab, thereby strengthening their economic and
social resilience against the devastating challenges of chronic poverty,
inequality and changing economic circumstances.
belonging to excluded communities have limited opportunities to enrol in
vocational training courses that are extensive, comprehensive and most of all
certified by the government, says Shagufta Bhatti, Child Protection Specialist,
UNICEF. “Through this project it is
heart-warming to witness opportunities being provided to marginalized and
excluded adolescents to gain vocational skills and also learn life skills, which
are also part of the training course. I am hopeful that each and every
successful adolescent trainee will make a huge difference not only in supporting
their families but also, after a year, have increased social resilience.”
VTI Green Town, Lahore won British Council South Asian Region “Enterprise
Entrepreneur Award” - 2011.
The National Enterprise Award competition took place in 2010. In which British
Council with collaboration of YES network Pakistan approached 400 colleges in
all major cities of Pakistan and interacted about 1000 students and 400 teachers
with the concept of Social Entrepreneurship. As a result of this interaction
British Council received 400 project proposals from entire country.
The expert of British Council in Pakistan short listed 09 teams and they
arranged competition among these 09 teams in Amir Hotel Lahore on Dec, 10, 2010
and VTI Green Town Team won this competition and Declared as a National Winner
from Pakistan. Rs, 50,000 as prize money for the team members and Rs.100,000
donation for the project were awarded.
In next phase, British Council arranged online Regional competition among the
National Winners of Central and South Asian countries e.g. KAZIKISTAN,
UZBAKISTAN, NEPAL, BANGLADESH, INDIA, AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN. This competition
was also won by the team of VTI Green Town, Lahore and all four team members got
prizes of 04 Laptops from British High Commissioner Mr. Adam Thomson in Serena
Hotel Islamabad on March 28, 2011.
The names of the team Members
Team Project is a Small Diagnostic Center for Hepatitis named as “CARE
DIAGNOSTIC CENTER FOR HEPATITIS”
VTI Green Town won British Council -
The National Challenge 2010
The National Enterprise Award challenge took place in Lahore in December 2010
being the third National Challenge in Pakistan. This time we reached out to 400
colleges in all major cities of Pakistan and interacted with over 1000 students
and 400 teachers with the concept of social entrepreneurship. As a result of
this interaction we received more than 200 project proposals from the entire
Our team of expert shortlisted nine teams from which the team from Vocational
training institute Green Town Lahore was declared the winner. They won Rs.50,000
in addition to 100000 they requested for their project and a chance to
participate in the regional final which will be held online as last year.
News Details @ British Council Web Site
Poverty No barrier to creativity
(Jhang to london)
British Council is running skills for employability project in vocational
education and training in 6 countries in Central and South Asia. Under this
program with the collaboration of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network
Pakistan, British Council launched the “Youth Social Entrepreneurship Award”al Entrepreneurship Award”
300 TEVT institutes including PVTC Training School (VTI) at Jhang
participated in this competition
VTI Jhang team, was declared winner among the participants.
This team from Pakistan, VTI Jhang, was declared to be the winner of final
competition getting price money of £ 2,500 and a camcorder
Prize ceremony was held at London on March 9 – 11, 2009
VTI Jhang Team Members at London