A FORMER teacher has got top marks for giving more than 4,000 pupils business skills for the future.
Fiona McKeon's Bizworld Ireland teaches schoolchildren how to set up a firm, raise money, pitch to investors and get results. She also runs summer camps and works with educators and teachers to introduce entrepreneurial concepts to pupils.
Innovation Minister Richard Bruton's entrepreneurship forum report recommended that her initiative should go nationwide. "Bizworld partners with schools in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Galway, Cork and Limerick. Such a programme is worth expanding across the nation," it reported. Last week Ms McKeon (pictured) also won the David Manley emerging social entrepreneur award. She said any child aged 11-13 can be taught about business and money management.
"Education is seen traditionally as equipping young people with the skills and knowledge to complete a CV in order to get a job, but Bizworld Ireland is sowing the seeds in children to consider creating employment, taking in the CV and giving out the jobs," she said.
Bizworld Ireland was set up in 2011 to bridge the gap between the business and schools and to equip the next generation with the skills for the new global economy, including entrepreneurship, critical thinking, money management, decision making, working as a team and innovation.