Kids exposed to entrepreneurship

2017-12-19 06:00
From left are Haadiya Kanje, Ammarah Daood Moosa, Hanna Kanje and Naila van Graan at the CTSC’s first Kids’ Market. PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

From left are Haadiya Kanje, Ammarah Daood Moosa, Hanna Kanje and Naila van Graan at the CTSC’s first Kids’ Market. PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

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The Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) in Observatory has established an entrepreneurship empowerment programme called Kids’ Market. The first part was implemented on Saturday 9 December with children under the age of 16 hosting stalls during the holiday programme.

A total of 20 stalls were lined up along the wall from the entrance, with their owners excitedly selling their products to their peers.

The full implementation is expected to take place next year after the planning and time schedules have been finalised.

Director of the CTSC, Julie Cleverdon, says the idea was born after they scrutinised the impact their holiday activities had on young children. She says they wanted to extend the role they play for children by not only equipping them with scientific knowledge, by also teaching them to be ­independent.

“As much as we are a science centre, it is important that we make our children enthusiastic about the other aspects of life and introduce them to a variety of life choices and teach them financial skills from an early age. Financial stability is key in this era. Once the programme has been finalised it will comprise business and marketing workshops where they will be taught about starting their own businesses and marketing their products using digital media,” says Cleverdon.

She says the idea was developed in November and has already received a positive response from the community.

Some of the parents who were helping their first-time sellers during the four-hour Kids’ Market said they liked the idea because it would help instil the importance of being financially savvy and independent in their children.

Lizel Martheze, one of the parents, said she has been talking about business skills and being inventive to her daughters, but without an opportunity to let them experience being in the business field, so when she heard about the Kids’ Market she saw a platform to start introducing them to what they have been discussing.

“Luckily they were both interested; we planned together and I let them make their decisions about the products they wanted to sell. They are doing well so far.”

Naila van Graan (10) from Claremont said she is happy to be part of the first group to benefit from the programme, because it is now answering the question she always asked herself every time she visited the ­centre.

“I have always wondered why we could not buy anything or do anything else except the science stuff. I love science but I wanted to enjoy other things as well and not always look forward to the same stuff every time we would come here. I am sure many children will also look forward to the holiday programmes knowing there are snacks, gifts and toys to buy as well,” Graan said.

Hanna Kanjee (10) from Plumstead said she enjoys talking to people, letting them choose what they want and raising money to buy Christmas presents. She says she has always looked forward to CTSC holiday programmes, but now she will have a better reason to come as she will be able to make money to buy what she wants without asking her parents.

The children sold various products such as emoji cushions, educational toys, cupcakes, sweets, small gifts and other ­products.

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