Fife youngsters learn how to become social entrepreneurs

New 4 to Fortune enterprise challenge launched in Fife schools as part of Fife Business Week

Primary school pupils in Fife are learning how to become social entrepreneurs after being set the challenge to grow £4 into a fortune in four weeks.
A number of schools in the region are taking part in the 4 to Fortune challenge – set by Fife Council’s Economic Development team – which kicked off on Monday (7 November) as part of Fife Business Week.
The idea behind 4 to Fortune is to encourage primary 6 and 7 pupils to develop their skills to become social entrepreneurs and provide them with the resources and support needed to create their own ‘companies’.
It’s also been designed to support the outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative to open up the world of work to young people and stimulate and grow future talent.
The youngsters will work with their teachers to identify worthy causes they want to support in their communities and, in turn, learn how to become social entrepreneurs.
Pamela Stevenson, lead officer economic development, Fife Council, said: “4 to Fortune is a great way for young people to create their own enterprises and learn how important some of the core skills such as good team working, communication, creative thinking and motivation are to learning, life and work.”
Claire Fraser, Social Enterprise Academy Futures Education co-ordinator, said: “This challenge shows young people just how much of an impact they can make on their own community by being social entrepreneurs.  Inspiring and supporting young people and schools to create social enterprise opportunities allows them to personally develop some key skills that will be beneficial to them throughout their lifetime.”
Councillor Lesley Laird, depute Council leader and executive spokesperson for economy and planning, added:  “Enterprise skills are essential for any business, and having a self-starter attitude is key to getting more young Fifers into work, and equipping them with the skills they need to start their own business.
“Fife recognises the crucial role that schools play in getting pupils “work ready” and our 4 to Fortune challenge is just one of the many ways we are helping to develop an enterprising workforce for the future.”
The Fife schools taking part are:
  • Bellyeoman Primary School
  • Blairhall Primary School
  • Camdean Primary School
  • Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School
  • Kelty Primary School
  • Kennoway Primary School
  • Lochgelly South Primary School
  • Markinch Primary School
  • Methilhill Primary School
  • Newcastle Primary School
  • Newport Primary School
  • Pitcoudie Primary School
  • St Leonard’s Primary School
  • Tulliallan Primary School
  • Balmullo Primary School
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Hannah Hamilton, who is a former Fife College student, is a reporter and assistant content editor for Scotland B2B, specialising in B2B news and features. She can be contacted via editorial@scotlandb2b-eastcoast.co.uk