Schools in­vited to par­tic­pate in Ju­nior En­trepreneur pro­gramme

The Argus - - NEWS -

THE Ju­nior En­trepreneur Pro­gramme (JEP) has launched its 2019 re­cruit­ment pro­gramme, invit­ing pri­mary schools across the is­land to par­tic­i­pate in its en­trepreneur­ship pro­gramme. The pro­gramme cen­tres around pri­mary school­child­ren in 5th and 6th class learn­ing about en­trepreneur­ship and launch­ing class­room busi­nesses. The busi­nesses range from clocks to games to books and so­lu­tions for ev­ery­day prob­lems.

JEP has given more than 50,000 pri­mary school pupils on the is­land of Ire­land the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence prac­ti­cal, real-life busi­ness learn­ing as part of their for­ma­tive ed­u­ca­tion, since it was founded in 2010.

In 2018 the 12,000 chil­dren across 480 classes whom each in­vested a few eu­ros each in their busi­nesses achieved sales of €220,000 and net profit of €140,000. The funds be­long to the chil­dren and the use of those funds is set by the chil­dren them­selves. It’s usu­ally a com­bi­na­tion of re­turn­ing in­vest­ment and profit to the chil­dren, char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions and class treats.

‘JEP gives chil­dren an ex­tra chance to learn about the real world be­fore they’ve got to make de­ci­sions about what to study in sec­ond level. It gives chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing for them­selves, to in­vest their money and get back profit they’ve made them­selves. Along the way they learn the im­por­tance of en­trepreneurs in their com­mu­nity and find out what they’re good at’ ex­plained Jerry Ken­nelly Chair­man of JEP and founder of Tweak.com which un­der­writes the JEP pro­gramme.

Class sign up for JEP 2019 is open now to pri­mary schools 5th & 6th class and is open un­til Fri­day Septem­ber 28th 2018. Learn more at www.ju­nioren­trepreneur.ie.

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