ChildPreneur Bootcamp 2017 

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And it was all about getting them to build a business plan…. in 3 days…as entrepreneurs. 

25 kids, 4 boys and 21 girls gathered at The Circumference in Surulere to do what they had never done before – put together a Business plan.

In 5 teams of never previously met members, a social bond was nurtured and team members strove hard to succeed as one.

Some kids already had hobbies like baking and crafting, and some had starting selling their products at the slightest opportunity but nothing serious yet. Some didn’t even believe they could sell what they make. Then there were the kids who didn’t even know what they could do, not to talk of selling in a business.

We know the future seems like one with no distinct type of career like the days of old when we had everyone striving to be doctors, lawyers, architects or engineers. You will need to be very innovative and be a thinker to survive in the future. 

We used our Minipreneur Book by Olanrewaju Oniyitan (Check out my previous blog post on the training workshop). 

The topics taught included pitching to sell, taxes, e-commerce, operations management, banking and of course doing business the halal way, as we only got Muslim kids to register and actually pay for the bootcamp. We had the Group Head, Non-Interest Banking at Sterling Bank (the only indigenous bank to offer non-Interest banking in Nigeria),  Dr Bashir Oshodi come talk to the kids about “What Investors look for in a business”. 

There are aspirations for another ChildPreneur bootcamp during the next holidays as parents have made enquiries but only time will tell.

A big thank you to the kids who were awesome, respectful, cooperative, and best of all, very intelligent and willing to learn. 

If your child wasn’t at this first edition, then they definitely missed…. Watch out for subsequent ones… Hopefully 😉

Keep checking out our gallery on the website, http://www.thereadinggymng.com, as we upload pictures (some technical issues to be resolved soon, in sha Allaah) and our YouTube page for the amateur videos😀. 

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The Minipreneur Book Workshop

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OH dear! I should have posted this about a month ago. The minipreneur book workshop I attended was awesome and a must share. 

Despite the pouring rain and scary rain reviews, I was able to get to the venue a bit late and not so much was missed. 

Lanre, the lovely lady and author of the both was so easy to flow with as she explained what being an entrepreneur was and how to get our children to bring out the entrepreneurial spirit in them

She has a unique style of teaching that is easy for children and adults to follow. I can tell you I jotted down notes, plenty lines were filled in my notebook as I scribbled on like an effico. 

Then we had the fun part, our group discussions: Primary teachers and secondary teachers. We were to come up with a business plan based on what children loved. Sort of what we could build from a habit that children loved doing. 

Of course, I was in the primary group 😁. So we chose TV because children would do anything to watch TV. Very interesting session, we were actually able to come up with lots of professions. 

It was kind of like taking a bad habit and squeezing out the positive side, and nurturing it without actually killing the creativity, talent and imagination the child might have. 

The secondary school group below👇

After the discussion, then came the group presentations… I liked my group’s presentation, it was obvious we won. But the day wasn’t about winning, it was about helping the future leaders of tomorrow to think outside the box because the future will definitely be more challenging than we have it now. 

I definitely recommend this book to parents and schools. It’s so easy to read and understand, and the children will love the activities Lanre discussed. Even adult would pick one or two things to help build their business ideas. We are definitely going to add it to our bookstore list👌.