Two Year 12 students at Hasmonean High School for Girls, Ariella Wolfson and Aliza Siepe, were the winners of the 2022 Young Social Enterprise Competition.
The Young Social Enterprise competition, which is run in conjunction with Tzedek and the Office of The Chief Rabbi, invites students in Years 10-13 to design a sustainable project in response to a case study. This year, the case study was showcasing the various challenges faced by individuals in the Mion District in Ghana.
Cost effectiveness, sustainability, viability, creativity, and research were the evaluation criteria throughout the competition and the groups received feedback from Tzedek. There were 3 rounds to the competition: the project proposal form, the creative submission and the final pitch, which was followed by a Q&A with a selection of expert judges.
Their project, called the Seed to Feed Foundation, consisted of two main parts. Firstly, an after-school agriculture club for school children to give them a kick start in their agricultural education which is the main source of income in the Mion District. The second part of their project was the creation of plantable seeded paper. This is made by taking paper based materials out of landfill, mixing them with water and seeds, which when dried, produces seeded paper. This could be used in the schools as a resource and then planted to produce nutritious crops for school lunches after its original purpose had been fulfilled.
The final pitch consisted of five groups and Aliza and Ariella did incredibly well to scoop first prize which is a trip to the United Nations in August.
We are very proud of their achievement.