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Nov 12, 2012

Grace Primary School gets down to business

Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated every year in November; the Youth Business Trust of Belize is the official host. This year, YBTB has a week full of activities to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship, but the principle of a viable and sustainable business can be taught at an early age.  YBTB, in collaboration with the Grace Primary School, kicked off the activities today with a street fest, which had all the trappings of a marketplace. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The stretch of Amara Street, between King Street and Cemetery Road, was cordoned off as Grace Primary students put up stalls and instantly assumed the roles of businessmen and women producing, marketing and selling various products they created. Principal, Morna Sheppard, says that the students are learning certain life principles.


Morna Sheppard

Morna Sheppard, Principal Grace Primary

“It is not just I go home and ask mommy for money. They are learning that they have to work for it to get it. Most of the things that you see out here is from standard six. When we got the invitation from YBTB, I showed it to Misses Azueta and Miss Saldana and they came up with this idea of a street fest. Every year we do our market day and we wanted to do something different and so that’s why we went to this street fest sort of thing. So most of the things that are out here are from standard six, but right from infant one participated with the little holders and so on that you see. So every class put in a little bit of something.”


It’s all part of Global Entrepreneurship Week says Marketing Officer of Youth Business Trust of Belize, Francisco Rosales.


Francisco Rosales

Francisco Rosales, Marketing Officer, Y.B.T.B.

“We’re having the various primary schools do something to promote entrepreneurship and plant that seed of entrepreneurship in the kids at such a young age. Here we have Grace Primary School Street Fest; having their students do different sales, have their boots. They have actually even registered their little booths and the students are really just celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week along with the entire world.  Just from being out here you realize the creativity and innovation that these kids have and it is so important for them from such a young age, be aware of what the business world is like and what it entails to become an entrepreneur. So by the time they become of age, they will already have the knowledge that they require and be prepared to become an entrepreneur.”


Koby Mayen

It was a street fest: from pastries, to smoothies, hair accessories, good food; and even music.


Koby Mayen, Fruit Frenzy

“I’m selling fruit shakes because usually you would see always sweet and so. So I just wanted to join in and I use it with fruit citrus punches.”


Bernice Ramirez

Bernice Ramirez, Sugar and Spice

“Sugar and Spice and the reason why we decided to call our group that is because girls are made up of sugar and spice and all that’s nice. So we are basically selling head bands, bandos for girls and since the Christmas is coming we have these kinds.”


Hannah Canto, Sugar and Spice

“So you can match up and look fabulous for the Christmas season.”


Bernice Ramirez

“It also comes with these recyclable bags.”


Duane Moody

“How did you come up with the concept?”


Hannah Canto

“We decided to do the bandos because we have a lot of girls in the school and lotta times girls want to dress up and match up with the bandos.”


Duane Moody

“How has business been going?”


Hannah Canto



The week long activities are being held under the theme: “Confidence, Creativity, Opportunity; Driving Entrepreneurship forward. Duane Moody for News Five.


In collaboration with the University of Belize, on Tuesday at the Princess Hotel and Casino YBTB will be having a Marketing Expo followed by a symposium on entrepreneurship at the UB Gymnasium in Belmopan on Thursday.

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2 Responses for “Grace Primary School gets down to business”

  1. Westbredjay says:

    Brilliant idea, was just having a conversation with a friend about the lack of this subject in our school system. Great job future already looks that much better already..

  2. Storm says:

    Entrepreneurship and capitalism are the only hope for prosperity here or anywhere. I’m glad to see a program encourage it among young schoolchildren.

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