Workshops help build entrepreneurial skills
Entrepreneurship is a new buzz word in education and various programmes have been rolled out for pupils, at primary and post-primary level, to stimulate their creative juices.
One such is Bizworld, a not-for-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship among fifth class pupils through two-day workshops. Over 40,000 children have participated in the past two years, with more than 200 schools hosting programmes this year. Among the ideas that have emerged are a pen that alerts the user if they are near any food to which they are allergic and an anti-bullying phone app. Gavin Duffy of Dragon's Den, who came on board as Bizworld chairman this year, says the idea is "simply to inspire and give children the confidence to say what is in their heads".
He adds: "Pupils practice skills in communicating, negotiating and developing a business. What I love most about the process is that it naturally develops the creativity, resilience and adaptability skills that this age group possess."