Fifth class pupils in St Michael’s Boys’ National School, Longford are taking a hands-on approach to learning about the world of business.
Lead by their teacher, Kevin Carberry, the boys are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP), which allows students to embrace entrepreneurship as part of their education.
At the beginning, a ‘Dragons Den’ type process was adopted, whereby students were given the chance to present their own ideas to the ‘Dragons’; Longford County Enterprise CEO Michael Nevin, Principal of St Michael’s, Nora Horan and Home School Liaison Officer, Kathleen O’Brien.
Once all the ideas had been presented, the boys decided to start up their own jewellery business, producing beautiful earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and so, EBNJewellery was born.
The team have worked very hard from the beginning to ensure that their product would be successful. Working under different areas including; sales, finance, design, production, marketing and story-tellers, the class have built up skills in presentation, literacy, technology, finance and consumer awareness.
Speaking to the Leader, Mr Carberry admits that he is delighted with how the programme is going.
“From the start, the children were really interested in the programme and getting involved in business,” he explained.
“They have learned so much about themselves and the skills they possess as well as the business world around them. Every child in the class has an input, and they bring these ideas, along with their skills, to the finished product - I am very proud of their efforts!”
The class will continue their hard work in preparation for a showcase day, which will take place in the school on Wednesday, April 9. All are welcome to come along and view the pieces that the boys have worked hard to make.
The company also has a Twitter page (@EBNJewellery), where you can keep up to date with the students’ progress, and the products on offer.
Of course, without the hard work of the children, along with the support of their parents and the whole school community, the programme would not have been such a success. On behalf of the school, Mr Carberry extends thanks to all who contributed in any way to the programme, in particular Derek Sheridan of Sherpack Ltd, who visited the class to offer his advice; Farrell Coy for the supply of materials; and CPL, founded by Longford woman Ann Heraty, who originally brought the programme to Longford.