Greensprings students launch GreenyG mini-mart enterprise
As part of Greensprings School’s campaign to develop entrepreneurial mindset among its students, the Year 10 Business Studies students of the school have launched a business outfit called the GreenyG Mini-Mart Enterprise.
The students were taught the basic requirements of setting up and owning a business. In bringing their lessons to practical terms the class established the mini mart.
GreenyG Mini-Mart, according to Head of School, Lekki campus, Bola Kolade, is a one-stop shop for items ranging from stationeries to snacks and fresh fruits among others. It is located at a strategic part of Lekki campus for easy access to the boarding students. It is the first of its kind by Greensprings School students.
Apart from honing the entrepreneurial skills of the students, the mart, she said would also address the daily needs of students, staff and parents. It will further expose the students to skills that would enable them become more innovative in solving global problems.
Affirming that Nigerian kids could achieve greatness if given the right environment, she said, “Sometimes all they need is a reminder that their future lies in the choices they make. Once you guide them in the right direction, they will make the right choices.
“The students took part in the ‘Schools Enterprise Challenge,’ a project which is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship among students. It was the learning and the process they underwent that gave birth to the enterprise. After carrying out market research with potential customers and analysing their competitors the ‘student-preneurs’ as they are called, set up the GreenyG Mini-Mart enterprise.”
Explaining how the enterprise will be sustained, the school’s Director of Education, Helen Brocklesby, said “aside other measures, we encourage our parents to support this project by visiting the GreenyG mini-mart whenever they are on campus.”
Stressing the need to cultivate and maintain a culture of entrepreneurship in Africa, she added, “In achieving this, we at Greensprings look forward to producing the next generation of thought leaders and business executives in Nigeria and Africa at large.”
She said, the school enterprise challenge is an international business programme for schools run by the educational charity Teach a Man to Fish. The educational charity, guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real sustainable school businesses.
The programme affords students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in running a business and generating profits to help support their school or a social cause of their choice. Schools across the globe have set up an amazing variety of businesses via the instrumentality of this programme.
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