Orders from as far as California for Kildare school's Junior Enterprise Project Budaí Beaga

Gaelscoil on target with business project

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Orders from as far as California for Curragh school's Junior Enterprise Project Budaí Beaga

Marissa Carter with the school staff

Gaelscoil Chill Dara has embraced the Junior Enterprise Project (JEP) with enthusiasm and determination.

Rang a cuig explained how JEP is about children carrying out a project to make money for a trip or for the school itself.

“It is also to help you learn about entruepenership and how to manage money. Our project is called Budaí Beaga. The Budaís are made out of socks and rice,” they said.

“They can be used in all sorts of ways such as a stressball, doorstopper, a sensory toy for children with special needs. We make many different kinds such as Michael D Higgins, Donald Trump, rabbits, cats, dogs, snowmen, Harry Potter and many more.”

Entrepreneur Marissa Carter visited the school in January.

She talked to the students about starting a successful business and gave them some valuable tips. Ms Carter is the founder and CEO of Cocoa Brown Tan and Carter Beauty.

Such has been the success of the Budaí Beaga, that the school has already got an international order of Donald Trump and Michael D Higgins on their way to California. JEP has given more than 67,000 primary school pupils in Ireland the opportunity to experience practical business learning.