Call­ing all Ju­nior En­trepreneurs

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

THE Ju­nior En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme (JEP) 2019 launched in re­cent days, and is invit­ing pri­mary schools across County Wex­ford to par­tic­i­pate in its en­trepreneur­ship pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme en­cour­ages pri­mary school­child­ren in 5th and 6th class to learn about en­trepreneur­ship and launch­ing class­room busi­nesses which range from clocks to games to books and so­lu­tions for ev­ery­day prob­lems.

Run­ning over a 12 to 16 week pe­riod dur­ing the school year, JEP nur­tures cre­ativ­ity, in­de­pen­dence and prob­lem-solv­ing among pupils of all abil­i­ties, with ev­ery as­pect of the Pro­gramme seam­lessly blend­ing into the pri­mary school cur­ricu­lum.

Lo­cal en­trepreneurs are in­vited to visit the JEP class­rooms and tell the story of their busi­ness.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing chil­dren re­flect on this ex­pe­ri­ence and doc­u­ment it as part of their project.

Ev­ery child pro­duces a busi­ness idea and En­trepreneurs are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a Dragon’s Den-style ses­sion where they are helped with se­lect­ing one fi­nal idea for the class to pur­sue.

Un­der their teacher’s guid­ance, chil­dren dis­cover their strengths as in­di­vid­u­als and as part of a team. To­gether, they’ll choose, in­vest in and pro­duce their own prod­uct or ser­vice from scratch, all the way to mak­ing it avail­able for sale at a school-hosted JEP Show­case Day - and en­joy­ing the profits at the end.

Classes who par­tic­i­pate in JEP will get a chance to show­case their class­room busi­ness at the spec­tac­u­lar JEP All Ire­land Show­case Day at RDS Sim­mon­scourt in Dublin on May 20, 2019.

Class sign up for JEP 2019 is open now to pri­mary schools 5th and 6th class in the Repub­lic and P6 P7 in North­ern Ire­land and is open un­til Fri­day Septem­ber 28, 2018. See www.ju­nioren­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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