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School takes part in Global Entrepreneurship Week 14 November 2008

AN Isle of Man school is hosting a week of activities to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week from 17-23 November.

More than 70 countries are participating in the worldwide celebration of enterprise, which aims to unleash people’s ideas for social and environmental change. RGS bank challenge

Ramsey Grammar School students have a three-pronged involvement , explained Headteacher David Trace.

He said:

'The whole school has raised money, through non-uniform days, to provide Shelter Boxes (through Rotary) to be sent as emergency aid to areas of the world devastated by earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions and other major catastrophes. Our two most recent boxes have just been sent to the Ziarat Valley in Pakistan where an earthquake at the end of October left thousands homeless.'

World Development A level students are raising funds to provide a complete farm in Tanzania on behalf of a charity called Bothar. It flies animals over to various parts of the world after teaching local people how to care for them properly. It also builds infastructure to support sustainable reproduction of animals for the future. Mr Trace said:

'Our target is 5000 euros. We can buy an entire farm with this money; cow, two camels, two sheep, two goats, flocks of hens, honey bees. Less than our total will enable us to buy fewer animals. We have already enough to send a cow. During Global Entrepreneurship Week we will be holding a Bake Sale.'

Lower Sixth form students are participating in a new type of enterprise activity. Five companies have been formed and are holding a variety of events during the week, ranging from a fashion show to a talent competition.

Meanwhile, Upper Sixth students Hannah Finch, Rebecca Kelly, Alex Ryzak and Alex Tushingham are travelling to Manchester to represent the Island in the regional heat of the prestigious Bank of England Interest Rate Challengeon Tuesday.

The competition, in its ninth year, asks students to state what interest rate they would set to control inflation - a question that has become highly topical since the challenge was launched.

Area finals will be held in February 2009 and the national final in March.

'Enterprise and Global Entrepreneurship are an important part of the school curriculum at RGS,' said Mr Trace.

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