BCPS has run a business enterprise project with its Year 6 pupils for ten years. Hugely motivational for the children, and exciting for the teachers, the enterprise project incorporates business skills including product design, market research, manufacture and marketing and it encompasses many different elements of the curriculum, putting the children's learning into a real-life context. Having gone global last year, thanks to funding from Microsoft, the Global Enterprise Challenge (link to http://globalenterprisechallenge.education) has helped the children to increase their awareness of cultural diversities and gain an understanding of world markets and currencies.
Last year, after six months of hard work, innovation, creativity and team work the Bookmark Team from R N Podar School, Mumbai took the prize for their work as the most successful company. They were invited to receive their award in Seattle and presented with their trophy and certificates at the Microsoft Global Forum for Education at the E2.
This year 1200 students across 21 schools in 10 countries have connected to run ten international companies, each with ten regional offices/teams. The students have completed their mid-term report as part of Stage 6 of the project had the nerve-wracking experience of facing the Dragon’s Den. Now they are manufacturing and advertising their products and are getting ready for their first big sale. Many of the teams are now communicating globally as part of daily school life and are participating in meetings through Skype for Business with their partner teams. The children are sharing their ideas through each stage of the challenge with the use of the collaboration tools found within the Office 365 platform.
Each year we are consistently amazed by the hard work and dedication that goes into making this project a success on a global scale. To follow the project please see the GEC Facebook page www.facebook.com/gechallenge and Twitter @GEChallenge.