Monday 11 December 2017

Workshops help build entrepreneurial skills

Bizworld tutor Izabella Stankiewicz with Ella McGloin (left) and Mia O'Brien Kelly recent workshop at St Mochta's NS, Clonsilla. Photo: Conor McCabe
Bizworld tutor Izabella Stankiewicz with Ella McGloin (left) and Mia O'Brien Kelly recent workshop at St Mochta's NS, Clonsilla. Photo: Conor McCabe
Weronika Zaprzalka, Joshua Cherry Hughes, Arron Donnelly, Ava Bell and Grace Galvin during the recent Bizworld workshop at St Mochta's NS in Clonsilla. Photo: Conor McCabe
Amrnadas Kregzde

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."

Irish Independent

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