During the 14/15 school year over 200 students from nine primary schools participated in an enterprise project supported by the Fund for County Monaghan.
As part of this project, four classes completed Junior Achievement’s ‘Our Nation’ programme. In this in-depth and action-packed programme, students practiced the skills required for business ownership, produced a product using different methods of production, examined the costs associated with running a business, created advertisements and took charge of their own businesses to make a profit!
Other classes completed Junior Achievement’s ‘Our World’ programme in which the students explored STEM skills and the role they play in the future of the business world. Exploring how technology and communications are vital growth areas in the global marketplace, students examined entrepreneurship and developed their own business ideas.
Siobhan Kelly, Area Manager, Junior Achievement, commented “It is never too early to engage pupils in enterprise. Entrepreneurship is pivotal to future growth and jobs in Monaghan and it’s going to be more and more important in the coming years. With the support of the County Monaghan Fund we have established a platform to empower a culture of enterprise in our young people across the county.”
On Wednesday 3rd June a presentation was held in St. Mary’s Boy’s National School, Monaghan, where pupils offered their sincere thanks to the County Monaghan Fund for supporting this valuable initiative, with many presenting their own business ideas and future enterprises, which they hope to set up in Monaghan in the not-too-distant future! Thanks to the school leaders, the teachers, the business leaders and the Fund for Co Monaghan. Indeed thanks to all involved in making the first year of this project such a success.