Bay kids mean business at holiday camp

2017-04-19 06:00
Roan Stone (12), a learner at Woodridge, at the Edutainment Holiday Camp that took place from April 4 to 6.             Photo:SUPPLIED

Roan Stone (12), a learner at Woodridge, at the Edutainment Holiday Camp that took place from April 4 to 6. Photo:SUPPLIED

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WHEN he grows up, Port Elizabeth’s Kavish Athimoolam (10) is certain of one thing: he’s going to work with animals, by either joining the Police K9 Unit or by opening his own pet parlour.

Should he choose the latter, he is already taking steps to ensure he has the business skills to make it a success.

Athimoolam was one of eight children who participated in the Bay’s first holiday programme last week to develop young entrepreneurs.

The group sold their wares – bright yellow emoji-themed pencil holders and pillows – at Walmer Park on Saturday, April 8.

“I learned that it’s not just about money, it’s about what you do,” said Athimoolam, a learner at Herbert Hurd Primary School.

The Edutainment Holiday Camp – which was run by national organisation Young Entrepreneurs – took place from April 4 to 6 and catered for children aged 7 to 12.

“I learned what a logo is and how to make a business work,” said Athimoolam’s younger sister, Vaishivi (8) who also attended the course. She plans to be a teacher one day.

Excelsior Primary’s Vuyo Ngetu (13) plans to have a dual career as a successful entrepreneur and actor.

“I’ve learned how to open my own business and I’m very much looking forward to selling my products.”

Reeva Naidoo (8), who is home-schooled, also enjoys acting and aims to open her own movie production company.

“I want to run my own business,” she said.

Young Entrepreneurs franchise holder in Port Elizabeth, Ansulene Prinsloo, who is passionate about developing the business and financial literacy skill sets of Eastern Cape learners, introduced the programme to the Bay earlier this year to equip children with the tools to one day run their own businesses and manage their finances.

The holiday camp is a mini version of the formal Young Entrepreneurs programme, which runs for 30 weeks a year, catering for Grades 1 to 9 learners from all schools in the city, while also running linked outreach programmes in selected township schools.

In the formal programme, children gain invaluable business-, life- and financial literacy skills from the experience of starting their own business, which entails coming up with a name and logo, registering the business, creating and manufacturing products and selling them at a market day.

They also learn how to manage their money, with a strong focus on saving, spending, sharing and investing.

Prinsloo said, “The world is fast changing, and we need to prepare our children for a future where small businesses will be the drivers of job creation. Therefore, our children need to be taught how to start and operate their own businesses.

“People think, to be successful, you have to go to university. But in the new economy, even a degree is no guarantee of a job. Failing to adapt to the changing environment, puts our children at risk of being left behind,” said Prinsloo.

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