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St. Fergal’s National School in Bray takes part in AIB business program

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Summer Doyle and Anna Yasihchuk. Photo: Barry Cronin

Summer Doyle and Anna Yasihchuk. Photo: Barry Cronin

Mia Dunphy and Casey Lin. Photo: Barry Cronin

Mia Dunphy and Casey Lin. Photo: Barry Cronin

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Summer Doyle and Anna Yasihchuk. Photo: Barry Cronin

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Students from St Fergal’s National School in Bray recently completed AIB’s Junior Achivevement ‘It’s My Business’ program, with the help of AIB volunteer Avine Brennan.

Over five modules, students aged 9-10 learned the steps involved in launching a business. Through identifying their own entrepreneurial characteristics, they worked in teams to develop business ideas, innovation, and market research for their business start-up, culminating with an opportunity to pitch their new business to potential ‘investors’’.

Some of the amazing ideas that the students came up with were an app that detects foods that cause allergic reactions and clothing that doubles as rain protection and UV protection.

Carol King, Teacher, St. Fergal’s N.S. Bray said: “The children really engaged with the programme and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was something completely different for them which was brilliant.”

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Avine Brennan, a volunteer facilitating the program for AIB, added: “During my five visits to St Fergal’s Primary school as part of the Junior Achievement Ireland programme, I was astounded by the information which is stored in the minds of the 4th class boys and girls.

"Their eagerness to learn and willingness to participate was refreshing and a joy to experience. The focus of our time was on entrepreneurship and there was a keen interest in social entrepreneurs and helping the wider community, as well as exploring profitable ventures.

"I would like to thank Ms King and all the pupils of St Fergal’s 4th class for allowing me to share this experience with them.”

During the programme students met successful Irish entrepreneurs, including social entrepreneurs Iseult Ward of FoodCloud and Michael Kelly of GIY (Grow It Yourself) in a series of inspirational video interviews.

Tribe Hospitality Group, Wildlands Activity Centre and Dough Bros. also featured so that students learned first-hand what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Junior Achievement Ireland and AIB will partner to engage 6,000 primary students in 250 classrooms nationwide over the next three years.

CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland, Helen Raftery, said: “Educators refer to school communities (not just schools) because the involvement of families and the wider community is inherent to the achievement of positive educational outcomes for all children.

"Students who have adult involvement in their schooling generally have better grades, better attendance, and higher graduation rates. Getting the opportunity to work with positive role models from the world of work makes a significant impact on young people.”

Junior Achievement programmes delivered by business volunteers support the Department of Education’s action plan, Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS).


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