ENTERPRISING staff and students have helped support disadvantaged children by taking part in an international event.
Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, took part in Go Global Enterprise Week which involved youngsters learning about the countries of Sri Lanka, Laos and Nepal.
Over the course of the last week, youngsters have produced tourist information books, souvenirs from the countries, held cookery demonstrations and tasting sessions and created authentic beauty and health treatments and grew herbs from Sri Lanka.
School catering staff produced a range of Asian food for school dinners, while the pupils helped create a wall collage to highlight the event.
A global market was held on the final day at which money was raised by selling souvenirs, refreshments and raffling a basket of Sri Lankan fruit.
Visitors to the school also took part by making a £1 donation for tea, coffee and fresh fruit from Sri Lanka, Laos and Nepal.
The school’s enterprise week linked in with the National Go Global Enterprise project which divides the country into separate regions.
If each participating region raises £23,500 then that is enough to help build nine new schools in the three countries.
Alison Brown, director of specialism and holder of the Queen’s Award for enterprise promotion, said: “The whole staff and students have embraced the challenge and have created exciting new ideas and entrepreneurial ways of learning about their countries and raising money.”
Lilly Tennant, a pupil at the school, said: “We were all excited to raise money and awareness for these underprivileged countries and hope the money we raise will get them a new school they desperately need.”
The school works all year round to encourage and support entrepreneurship through three whole school enterprise weeks.
The school also has two Young Enterprise companies, a Fairtrade coffee shop, horticulture, reprographics and a hair and beauty salon.
Around 100 countries take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is run in the UK by Youth Business International.