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Angus Provost Helen Oswald with members of the planning group from the Carlogie primary six class which won the Youth Ambassador Award.

Angus Provost Helen Oswald with members of the planning group from the Carlogie primary six class which won the Youth Ambassador Award.

Business planning and budget management were just two of the skills that impressed the Angus Provost at an Angus Ambassador Award visit.

This visit was unique because it was to primary six and seven pupils at Carlogie Primary School who call themselves the Fairlogie Business Planning group.

The Carnoustie primary school is one of the few schools in Scotland that gives pupils the chance to manage their own business - a Fairtrade café - as part of their educational curriculum.

Teacher Morag Oldham, who co-ordinates the project. explained: “I only guide the children, they do all the planning and café management themselves. The café is very well supported by the community.”

Last year the team was also awarded an Enterprise Award for ‘best in Europe’ normally given to secondary school children.

As the 2013 Youth Ambassador Award winners, the child entrepreneurs were able to meet the Provost of Angus Helen Oswald face to face to talk about the business planning initiative and ask questions on the role of Provost in Angus.

She commented: “Running the Fairtrade café and winning these awards is an Angus and a Carnoustie achievement that really boosts the area and the town so what you’re doing is important.

“Recently winning the European award also means you’re not only considered the best locally but also the best in Europe. This is some achievement and you should be very proud.”

The primary seven team is now handing over to the new primary six managers who will experience ordering the food themselves, writing cheques, planning events and managing the stalls.

One of the initiatives the new team is planning is Fairtrade fortnight which runs until March 8 and is packed with ethical initiatives including an assembly, a tuckshop, a Fairtrade Treasure Hunt and a football competition.

 

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