該活動由斯旺西市長Cllr Mike Day主持，他是該倡導的長期支持者。他說：「我是非常喜歡這項挑戰，活動除了有很多樂趣，也提供學校新的課程，為孩子們提供親身實踐的機會，以及學習基本技能，如預算管理和如何將創造性的想法變成可靠的企業計畫。活動中能看到他們努力付諸行動，當人們來購買產品時，孩子們也會感到興奮。我希望孩子們看到民眾在城堡廣場出現時，會受到鼓舞。」
斯旺西議會領導人Cllr Rob Stewart說：「斯旺西小學企業挑戰賽，因疫情流行延後兩年回來，非常的不容易。我以前參觀過這個活動，孩子們的熱情、創新和興奮，展示了斯旺西的青年創業 。」
參與其中的Craigfelen小學，校長Alison Williams MBE持續大力參與組織該市集。其Williams夫人說：「學校多年來不斷培養學生的創業技能，因為教職員工熱衷於教育應體現其有趣且能激勵學生的，並能夠讓學生為求學後的世界做準備。」
教師們參與了Andy Penaluna教授的專業研討會，透過教授詳盡闡述對威爾士新課程四個目標所需技能之理解。並且在他們的指導下，小學生安排自己的企業接受當地模範企業的指導，由來自Young Dragons公司的Sue Poole和Kathryn David安排。將於布蘭溫音樂廳舉行總決賽，由Kevin Johns主持，每位參與活動的學生都能夠獲得成就認可。
Young Dragons公司的Sue Poole表示：「斯旺西企業挑戰賽是一種讓孩子們實現所有學習的一種方式。看到孩子們經過幾個月的努力，自豪地展示和銷售他們的產品，是非常令人感動的。這次挑戰中所學到的技能將使他們發展成為有進取心和創造力的青年。我們要感謝許多當地企業，他們在繁忙的日子裡抽出時間和精力，參與學校的活動來支持孩子們。他們讓孩子們有機會談論所開發的技能，並讓他們在企業學習的旅程中產生樂趣。」
Entrepreneurial learning in Swansea Learning City
Swansea Learning City has developed entrepreneurial learning throughout lifelong learning since it began its journey as a Learning City. Swansea gained the UNESCO Learning City award in 2015 in recognition of this work. In Swansea we believe entrepreneurial learning should start young. This news article is about how 44 Swansea Primary Schools take over the city centre to sell their wares.
Young entrepreneurs to takeover Swansea’s Castle Square Gardens this week
Young entrepreneurs from 44 primary schools will be launching a takeover of Castle Square Gardens on Thursday when they set up shop in the city centre
Between 9.30am and 2.30pm the children will be selling all manner of goods from home grown vegetables and homemade lemonade to upcycled items and craft products.
The record-breaking number of schools have joined the Swansea Primary School Enterprise Challenge 2022 which is launching the takeover bid in Castle Square for the first time since the pandemic.
The special market is part of an ongoing drive to inspire pupils to think imaginatively and ambitiously as part of the new schools curriculum for Wales.
The event is being opened by Swansea’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Mike Day, who is a long-standing supporter of the initiative.
He said: “I’m a really big fan of the challenge. It is a lot of fun, but it also supports schools in delivering the new curriculum. It also offers children hands-on opportunities to learn essential skills like budget management and how to turn creative ideas into solid business plans.
“They also get a buzz from seeing their efforts put into action, with products people want to buy. I hope the children will be encouraged when they see people turn up in Castle Square!”
Swansea Council leader Cllr Rob Stewart said: “It’s brilliant that the Swansea Primary School Enterprise Challenge is back after two years away because of the pandemic.
“I’ve visited the event before and the enthusiasm, innovation and sheer excitement generated by the children demonstrates that entrepreneurship starts young in Swansea.”
One of the schools involved is Craigfelen Primary and head teacher Alison Williams MBE has been heavily involved in organising the market.
Mrs Williams said the school has been developing entrepreneurial skills in its pupils for a number of years now as staff feel passionately that education should be motivating, fun and prepare pupils for the world they will grow up in.”
Mrs Williams added: “The event keeps getting bigger and better each year and pupils from all the schools have come up with some wonderful and creative ideas so I would invite anyone in the city centre on Thursday to pop along, browse the stalls and pick up a bargain or two.”
She added: Teachers have received professional development workshops with Professor Andy Penaluna who has developed their understanding of skills essential to the four purposes of the new curriculum for Wales.
“Under their guidance, their pupils have set up their own businesses and received mentoring from role models from local businesses, arranged by Sue Poole and Kathryn David from Young Dragons.”
There will also be a Grand Final, hosted by Kevin Johns in the Brangwyn Hall on July 14 where every pupil who has been involved will get recognition for their achievements.
Robert Smith, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education said the Castle Square event is the culmination of months of effort and collaboration across school communities in Swansea.
He said: “Schools and our education services have a proud tradition of working with business, universities and the wider community and this event demonstrates the strength of those ongoing links. Together we recognise that truly successful children’s education is a joint effort featuring so many different individuals and organisations.”
Sue Poole from Young Dragons said: “The Swansea Enterprise Challenge is a way for children to make all their learning real. Seeing the children proudly displaying and selling their goods after months of hard work is so heart-warming.
The skills they have learnt from this challenge will enable them to develop into enterprising creative young adults. We want to thank the many local businesses who’ve taken the time and effort out of their busy days to support the children by attending the schools.
“They’ve given children an opportunity to talk about the skills they have developed with such passion and explaining what they have enjoyed about their enterprise journey.”
Colleague Kathryn David added: “As well as developing skills they can apply to all sorts of situations, our experience is that the enterprise challenge is inspirational for children who develop hands-on knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that business life offers.
“Seeing these young people having fun, enjoying themselves and learning at the same time makes it all the hard work in organising the challenge worthwhile.”