The 12th annual Social Enterprise in Education Awards, sponsored by Kibble and Big Issue Invest, took place today at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
This year, innovative young people across Scotland have been setting up businesses to tackle the social and environmental issues that matter to them. Forty schools received a Social Enterprise in Education Award from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, John Swinney MSP to recognise the success and sustainability of their social enterprises.
Social enterprise examples from this year include; creating a range of mindfulness products to promote positive mental health, teaching computer programming to the local community to tackle unemployment, and running a weekly community café to reduce isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Pupils created their social enterprises as part of the Social Enterprise in Education programme, which was created as a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government in 2007. The programme empowers Scotland’s young people to affect social change in their communities while developing key core employability and entrepreneurial skills for the future.
In March 2019, 14 schools from across Scotland, who all received a Social Enterprise in Education Award, also took part in creating and selling a special edition of The Big Issue magazine, sharing their social enterprise journey with readers across the country.
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP said: