Pupils from local schools sell their creations during the Primary Challenge Market Day

Forty primary schools from Swansea took part in the Enterprise Challenge Market Day at Castle Gardens in Swansea on Thursday 23 June.

More than 1,000 children, aged 3 to 11, sold the products they made throughout the year as part of the youth entrepreneurship dynamic. Products ranged from cards and candles to pebble pictures and plants.

The event was organized by Young-Dragons CIC in partnership with Craigfelen Elementary School.

Director Sue Poole said: “We are delighted to be back at Castle Gardens after a two year absence. We have seen so much creativity, but more importantly, the children are learning valuable skills for the future and having fun at the same time”.

Director Kathryn David said: “These are the business leaders of the future and fostering entrepreneurial skills in young people is important if we are to sustain our economy.

The stalls were visited by Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Day who said: “I have always had an interest in developing business skills and it is nice to see so many young entrepreneurial talents on display in Swansea.

Alison Williams, Principal of Craigfelen School, who has been involved with the project for ten years, said: “This project is an invaluable way of giving students the opportunity to develop new skills and to understand how their communication skills, calculation and technology can be used in real life. It also helps schools implement the new curriculum. The results we are seeing today are remarkable and demonstrate the powerful impact the business can have on students of all ages.”

The project will culminate in a grand finale to be held at Brangwyn Hall in July which will celebrate the efforts of all the schools and 2,000 young people who have participated in the challenge throughout the year.

Those who have helped and supported the event include Swansea Bid, the Welsh Government and Swansea Council.

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