Young entrepreneurs teach parents tricks of the trade

2017-12-13 06:00
These Grade 1 to 3 Charles Duna Primary School learners proudly received their certificates for completing the 30-week YE programme. Celebrating with them are YE franchise owner (Port Elizabeth) Ansulene Prinsloo (left) and YE facilitator Noma Zenzile (right). Photo:SUPPLIED

These Grade 1 to 3 Charles Duna Primary School learners proudly received their certificates for completing the 30-week YE programme. Celebrating with them are YE franchise owner (Port Elizabeth) Ansulene Prinsloo (left) and YE facilitator Noma Zenzile (right). Photo:SUPPLIED

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A GROUP of primary school learners in New Brighton have spent the year developing real-life entrepreneurial skills and encouraging their parents to follow their example.

“One of the children’s mothers told me she had been motivated to reopen her business selling vetkoek,” said Noma Zenzile, one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s facilitators of the Young Entrepreneurs (YE) programme.

She just completed teaching a 30-week programme in entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills to 68 Grade 1 to Grade 7 learners at Charles Duna Primary School, where about 80% of the parents are unemployed.

YE programmes are aimed at developing an entrepreneurial mindset in children, enabling them to start their own businesses while still in school and preparing them for a world where employment is not guaranteed.

“The YE programme is helping our children to do things with their hands. It encourages them. My daughter wants to open her own business, and I have learned a lot too,” said Asanda Sixakwe, the mother of one of the learners, Sisipho Sixakwe (10).

At their graduation and end-of-year party, the children could not wait to share all they had learned.

“At the beginning of the year, I knew nothing about business. Today, I can make bracelets and earrings and I have made a lot of money from what I have sold. I’m proud to say there’s a lot we can do with our own hands. This is real!” said Siyolise Mpofu (10).

Others learned the difference between needs and wants. They understand how banks work, as well as tax laws, and know how to create a budget.

Thembisile Seitshiro, Head of Department for Maths, and Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) at Charles Duna, said, “YE is helping the learners to be independent, confident and to motivate others. They will grow up knowing how to use money and make money by themselves without depending on other ­people.”

Ansulene Prinsloo, owner of the YE franchise in Port Elizabeth, said the children learned a lot from the practical experience of starting their own businesses.

“The programme is helping children to be better prepared for the future. By setting up their own businesses one day, they will not only generate income for themselves, but will create jobs for others, contributing to the development of our country and economy,” she concluded.

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