- Written by The Academy Schools Team
Social Enterprise In Education Awards 2019
Social enterprise examples from this year include; creating a range of mindfulness products to promote positive mental health, teaching computer programming to the local community to tackle unemployment, and running a weekly community café to reduce isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Through setting up these social enterprises, young change makers are making a positive impact in the world.
Pupils set up their social enterprises as part of the Social Enterprise in Education programme, which was created as a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government in 2007. The programme empowers Scotland’s young people to affect social change in their communities while developing key core employability and entrepreneurial skills for the future.
Watch the video to learn more about this year's Social Enterprise in Education Award Winners!
Highlights from the Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2019
Before the marketplace began, there was already a buzz from the participating schools!
The Social Enterprise in Education Marketplace
Young change makers had the opportunity to share with Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP how they use the social enterprise model to solve an issue they care about.
The @SEA_Edu marketplace showcased the incredible work of young #changemakers across Scotland.— Social Enterprise Academy (@SocEntAcademy) June 19, 2019
By protecting insects, supporting mindfulness and promoting healthy eating, young people are making a positive change to the world. ????#ChangingOurWorld19 pic.twitter.com/H1gAMqoYIX
We're absolutely delighted to be at the @SEA_Edu awards again in Edinburgh to talk about our ongoing social enterprise work focused around positive health & wellbeing. Lovely to share our learning with @JohnSwinney - you're most welcome to visit our school to hear more! pic.twitter.com/MARunkZdIh— St Joseph's Primary (@Stjosephpri) June 19, 2019
The Social Enterprise in Education Awards Ceremony
During the ceremony, Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP celebrated the schools success and provided some words of inspiration.
“Social Enterprise is about using our skills, strengths and capabilities to improve the lives of others. It’s about using the power of education to make the world a better place for other people.” @JohnSwinney— Social Enterprise Academy (@SocEntAcademy) June 19, 2019
Thank you for joining us today John Swinney!#ChangingOurWorld19 pic.twitter.com/CnsLEdjDut
The proud award winners had time to explore Edinburgh before returning back to school.
Our P6 representatives have had an excellent day in Edinburgh accepting their Social Enterprise Award, presented by John Swinney. Well done to all our P6s and P7s who have helped set up our Community Cafe. A proud day for us all! @SEA_Edu #SocEnt @AttainRen pic.twitter.com/12XeHQhDej— Bargarran Primary (@BargarranPS) June 19, 2019
Would you like more information on how your school can get involved? The Social Enterprise Schools programme is free to schools and offers support to set up a real-life, hands-on, pupil led social enterprise.
We'd love to hear from you! Contact us or learn more:
Hirra Abbas - Social Enterprise Academy, Education Administrator
Telephone: 0131 243 2670