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Monday 22 September 2014

Kids mean business!

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

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PRIMARY school kids in Kerry are bursting out of their skins with brilliant business ideas, as this year's Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) for fifth and sixth-class pupils amply demonstrates.

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PRIMARY school kids in Kerry are bursting out of their skins with brilliant business ideas, as this year's Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) for fifth and sixth-class pupils amply demonstrates.

Set up to equip children with entrepreneurial skills, the programme it is already boding well for the future of the Kerry economy having encouraged groups across the county to think very much outside the box when it comes to new ideas. 500 children are taking part in the initiative at present across the county.

The brainchild of former Stockbyte owner Jerry Kennelly, the JEP sees groups of primary children coming up with a project idea, presenting it at a Dragon's Den-style event, developing, marketing and selling it. The results are proving deeply impressive, Mr Kennelly said.

"The quality of creative thinking and commitment by pupils and teachers is nothing short of amazing. Clearly, these are the entrepreneurs of the future, very heartening for this country," Mr Kennelly said.

Ardfert National School students wowed everyone with their idea for keyrings and pencil cases. Using market research, pupils at the school established there was demand for the products and lost no time in bringing them 'to market' - in business speak - in a project that captured the local imagination and, more importantly, local euros.

"The class decided on the name Kreative Keyrings and Krafty Kases for their business. The keyrings contained photos of the various classes in the school, crests of the local football and hurling clubs, photos of the local historical sites and funny pictures," teacher Marie O'Connell explained.

They were sold in the school and are available in local shops as well in a clever initiative that has caught on across the community.

In Kilcummin National School, pupils used an online software programme to develop their own brand of animated e-cards. Scoil Náisiunta na Sróna in Rathmore meanwhile developed an underwater-themed Maths book, Sea the Facts - aimed at senior primary classes.

Another great example comes from Castleisland Boys' National School where pupils came up with a game called Operation Transformation that is proving so popular they are being forced to make more.

"The game is suitable for children aged four years and over and can be played by one or more players. We are delighted with the demand for our product, we sold all our stock on the Showcase Day and are busy making more games to satisfy the demand," Castleisland teacher Orla Nelligan said.

For more information go to www.juniorentrepreneur.ie.

Kerryman

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