Schoolkids run a Co-op society

THE first Los Cristianos School Co-operative Fair offered visitors a wide variety of items from which to choose, including hand-made crafts created from recycled materials.

Also on display were bookmarks, portfolios, pictures, notebooks, candles, locks, brooches, speakers made from plastic cups – and even vegetables from their organic gardens.

A total of 20 stands were set up in front of Los Cristianos Cultural Centre, with 423 participating students from schools in Arona, San Miguel, Granadilla, Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide, accompanied by 90 teachers.

The students were selling their hand-made products, at symbolic prices, for a good cause because a percentage of the profits will be donated to non-profit organisations.

The remainder will go towards recreational activities for the participating students and their schools.

The fair was intended to enable students to learn the art of entrepreneurship, from a positive point of view, “without fear of failure”, as underlined by the organisers, who object was to instil values such as responsibility, solidarity, friendship, teamwork, and, above all, creativity.

The Cabildo, Arona Town Hall and La Laguna University have all collaborated to boost the exercise.

“Teach to Learn”, is the name of the project, being run by various municipalities on the island, which shows school-children how a business is created, how to get financing, how to run the administrative procedures and how to advertise.

After visiting various stands, Arona Mayor José Julián Mena highlighted “the collective work between the students, the ability they have demonstrated with their hand-made products and, above all, the solidarity they have shown by donating the funds to charities”.

Leopoldo Benjumea, the Cabildo’s Minister of Employment, emphasised: “Planting an entrepreneurship seed in Primary School and high-school students means that, in 15 years, there will be a group of young people with business initiative, eager to generate projects.”

Finally, Julio Brito, manager of the General Foundation of La Laguna University, said: “I am delighted to be able to collaborate with this type of social initiative, and share-working methods.”

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