Bank Of Ireland ‘BizWorld Programme’ took place this week in St Cronans for fifth and sixth class students. Which aimed at teaching future generations valuable life skills, skills of running a business and also working as part of a team.
On the first day of this two day event the main aim was to teach the students about what is involved in starting up a business. Starting with the entrepreneurial exercise of thinking up ideas for a business or a problem that needs solving in the way of a business and then putting that business plan in place.
On the second day the students have a chance to pitch their business idea to the ‘Dragons’ along with the teachers in the school, who then invest in a chosen company and in return the students give shares of that company to the investors.
Speaking to the County Leader, Hannah Mc Inerney (Youth Bank Manager for Dublin with BOI,) said that “This year is all about business ideas and thinking outside the box, there are 5-6 pupils on a team with 14 teams pitching ideas.”
Alan Duffy, who is an original ‘Dragon” and is a big supporter of the initiative.
Rachel Foster was also on site over the two days to hold cyber safety talks (Staying Safe Online Talks) to the 5th and 6th classes. These talks help the children to be aware of scams and other risks online. Rachel is part of the ‘Digital Arrow’ team, which is a team of six that cover the whole country. They travel from school to school teaching children how to use the internet and social media safely, about their social media footprint, bullying and staying safe online.
Shane Carthy from the Dublin senior football team was also on hand to talk about sports, motivation and educational studies. The children then received certificates on completion of the course.