Taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme improves pupils’ reading, maths and science skills.
That’s according to about 330 primary school teachers whose pupils have taken part in the programme that encourages them to set up their own business.
More than 1,000 primary school children in Kerry are expected to take part in this year’s programme, now in its sixth year.
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme, led by Kerry’s Jerry Kennelly of Tweak.com, is the only national programme that promotes entrepreneurship at primary school level.
Last year, the JEP programme was rolled out to more than 10,000 primary school children.
This year, those numbers are set to increase.
A survey conducted among teachers in last year’s participating schools reveals that 87 per cent saw an increase in the children’s confidence.
Surveyed teachers agree that children’s communication and presentation skills benefited, while life skills such as decision making and teamwork were also enhanced.
Of the businesses created for the programme, 48 per cent were in the area of arts, crafts and design, 23 per cent were in the food and beverage category, and 12 per cent were in print and publishing.
The average return was €50 per pupil, with many of the junior entrepreneurs re-investing this in their business.
Many classes made a donation to charity out of their profits.