This week’s edition of The Big Issue is a bumper 72-page special issue produced in association with Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) and schools across the globe.
The SEA, founded in 2004, runs the Social Enterprise Schools programme, which gives students a hands-on experience in running a business with a social purpose. Last year we produced a 16-page special supplement with them, which profiled social enterprises set up in schools across Scotland – with many of the pupils then going on to try their hand at selling the magazine, in order to raise more funds for their projects and do even more innovative and positive things in their local communities.
This year it’s even bigger and better, with 24 pages showing how SEA has expanded their schools social enterprise programme outside Scotland into London and overseas, in Australia and Malawi. The 24-page supplement is included in all editions of The Big Issue main magazine sold across the UK, and additionally we have produced a special run of the magazine which has an exclusive cover dedicated to the young SEA social entrepreneurs, which will be sold at 18 schools across Scotland.
Paul McNamee, Editor of The Big Issue, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Social Enterprise Academy for a second year, to show how SEA’s presence has grown in England and much farther afield, highlighting new projects in London, Australia and Malawi.
“Last year the school pupils who were involved with the projects showed us how their bright and bold ideas could be turned into innovative and profitable small social enterprises that really made a big difference in their local communities. It’s great to see how they have grown and others have followed their lead”.
“This year again, as with last year, pupils will be hosting sell-offs of the special edition of the magazine through their schools, making money for their projects and spreading the word about the important work of The Big Issue. I am looking forward to seeing how this year’s school vendors rise to the challenge!”