Bakery teaches business

2017-08-31 06:00
Blue Ribbon launched Mmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop, on Friday, at Weltevreden Primary School, in Samora Machel.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Blue Ribbon launched Mmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop, on Friday, at Weltevreden Primary School, in Samora Machel.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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A bakery company has embarked on a mission to teach primary school learners the ins and outs of running a business which also aims at encouraging them to be entrepreneurs.

Blue Ribbon, a bread company, launched the Mmm Yum Kidz Tuckshop, on Friday, at Weltevreden Primary School, in Samora Machel.

The school is one of eight schools in the province which are part of the pilot project.

The project will see Grade 7 learners undergoing an eight-week long training which will focus on how to start, run and manage the business.

Learners at the school will be mentored by Ready D, the Hip Hop DJ and Turntablist.

Thoko Zungu, senior brand manager for Blue Ribbon, said they developed stimulate love for starting business from the young age.

“Children need to be made understand and empowered to start business from the young age. Job opportunities are very limited these days. We teach them basics of business such as cost of sale, financial management and how to run the business effectively. We will supply them with sandwiches that they will sell to their peers. We will give them a Blue Ribbon Doll as a start-up capital,” Zungu said.

She also said the school which excelled during the eight week assessment will identify their need and Blue Ribbon will provide for it as a winning prize.

Thembelani Mngqengqiswa, Grade 7 teacher for Economics and Management Science (EMS), said this programme was good for learners.

“This is going to be a practical for the theory which they learn in class. It will make them easily understand business It will surly help them. We hope that we will be announced as winners after the programme ended. I believe we will ask for a library as our prize. I am happy about it,” Mnqengqiswa said.

Zikhona Dlaba, 14, Grade 7 learner, also praised the programme.

“I have interest in business. There is no business at home, but I developed love for it here at school because we learn about it.

It is good for the economy of our country and that I will employ people. I am happy for the programme,” Dlaba said.

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