Three schools in South Lanarkshire have been honored at a national awards ceremony in Edinburgh for student-led social enterprises.
Blackwood Primary School in Kirkmuirhill, Greenhills Primary School in East Kilbride and Lesmahagow Secondary School were celebrated for their projects implemented in their schools at the 15th annual Social Enterprise Academy Awards.
A total of 56 schools from across Scotland attended the event in Edinburgh’s meeting rooms on Thursday June 16.
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Innovated in partnership with the Scottish Government in 2007, Social Enterprise Schools empower every young person to step up, realize their potential and create the change they want to see in the world through purpose-driven enterprise.
Schools were celebrated for their creative and expressive examples of social enterprise and 25 of the schools showcased their business in a special social enterprise marketplace that day.
Kind Little Things is a social enterprise set up by students at Blackwood Primary that creates schoolbags for children in hospital.
Their book bags contain donated books, and their social goals include helping hospitalized children feel happier, giving them access to good books, encouraging reading, and helping the environment by reusing books.
Principal of Blackwood Primary School, Christine McMillan, said: “We are delighted to be recognized for the school’s commitment to social enterprise at the Social Enterprise Academy Awards.
“Social enterprise plays an important role in the development of our students and it is wonderful to see them channeling their social networks and creating the change they want to see in the world. Congratulations to all the schools recognized at this event special.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Shirley-Anne Somerville joined the celebration to show her support and congratulate the young people on their achievement.
She said: “Social enterprise schools are playing a hugely important role in the development of young Scottish people as we recover from Covid-19.
“By starting a social enterprise in their school, students learn the practical and creative skills needed to run a business while making a difference for causes they really care about.
“They gain confidence and improve their own well-being as well as that of their peers and the local community.
“It was wonderful to play a part in such a special day as we came together to celebrate the success of schools across Scotland.
“I look forward to supporting the Social Enterprise Academy as it continues to bring the program to even more schools across the country.”
About 400 people attended the awards ceremony, made up of young people from schools, colleges and universities, teachers, lecturers, family members, business partners and other guests.
Neil McLean, CEO of Social Enterprise Academy, said: “By giving young people hands-on experience of running their own social enterprise at school, our program provides transformational learning that impacts them and their community.”
“The Social Enterprise Academy Awards are always such a special day that brings everyone together to share their success and exchange ideas,” he added.
“Big congratulations to all the students involved! »
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