Junior Entrepreneur Programme Survey gives insights to primary school pupils

Pupils from Lurga National School 4th, 5th & 6th class, Co. Galway who created Handy Hats as part of their project in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. Pictured is Leah Shanahan Killeen. The beanies were customised for local football clubs and achieved sales of €770 and made a profit of €521.64. JEP is a free 12 week programme, led by Jerry Kennelly of Tweak Cloud in which 40,000 pupils have started classroom businesses and met local entrepreneurs throughout the island of Ireland since 2010. Primary Schools throughout the 32 counties have been invited to participate in JEP 2018 at www.juniorentrepreneur.ie by the signup deadline of 10th October 2017.

Donald Trump was the politician most spoken about in 5th and 6th class in primary schools across Ireland last year.

Irish school children are also aware of Brexit, with over 85% of teachers saying the topic of the UK exit from the European Union had come up in the classroom in the last year.

More than 90% of the teachers surveyed in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme Survey said children in their classroom would not be able, unprompted, to name any of their local TDS.

The 300 teachers surveyed had all taken part in this year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme.

The programme helps 5th and 6th class pupils in the country to learn and develop business skills in collaboration with their classmates and was developed and supported by Kerry entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly.