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Thursday 14 November 2019

Mercy's Entrepreneurial School Award

Pictured at the award ceremony were: Anne Gorby and Caroline Carr of Mercy College with Thomas Cooney TUD, Clive Byrne NAPD and Helen Raftery JAI Chief Executive
Pictured at the award ceremony were: Anne Gorby and Caroline Carr of Mercy College with Thomas Cooney TUD, Clive Byrne NAPD and Helen Raftery JAI Chief Executive

The Mercy College and The Ursuline College, were celebrated at Junior Achievement Ireland's inaugural The Entrepreneurial School Awards (TESA) Summit hosted by Microsoft.

Mercy College was announced as one of five category winners

The schools were some of the 94 schools from across Ireland who were awarded TESA certification to mark each school's commitment to entrepreneurship education, which covers all activities that seek to give individuals the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to achieve the goals they set for themselves to live a fulfilled life.

The TESA Summit was an ideal opportunity both to celebrate the work of educators across Ireland in developing entrepreneurial skills in students and to share best practice in a unique and inspiring venue.

A range of specially-commissioned masterclasses were arranged for TESA-certified schools to attend during the summit. These included Microsoft's Educational Transformation workshop, a Design Thinking Sprint led by Professor Jonathan Levie and his team from NUI Galway and a Microsoft workshop on Ed Tech for 21st Century Educators.

JAI chief executive Helen Raftery commented on this first awards ceremony saying, "TESA gives schools the opportunity to benchmark themselves against standards of excellence. For our part, it formally recognises the work being done by primary and second level schools across the country in nurturing entrepreneurial skills in students, helping them develop the essential skills, knowledge and attitudes those young people will need to achieve the goals they set for themselves.

“TESA is also a welcome opportunity to celebrate the incredible work of our partner schools. More than 526 students received JA programmes in Sligo, and 63,100 nationwide, in the last school year alone.”

TESA was launched by JAI in January of this year with a call for submission of applications from JAI partner schools across Ireland in February.

The schools were self-assessed against TESA criteria and completed a submission with the aim to establish themselves as an entrepreneurial school.

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