Christian Academy of Makati turns kids into entrepreneurs

PRIMARY students of Light of the World Christian Academy of Makati (CAM) got a headstart in managing an online business through a series of art workshops and online selling of their handcrafted artworks via Facebook.

In observance of CAM’s National Arts Month with the theme: “Sining ng Pag-asa,” the live-selling event dubbed as “BazART” served as a fund-raising drive to purchase school supplies for Typhoon Odette-affected families in Brgy. San Jose, Surigao City and Brgy. Kanihaan, Libjo, Dinagat Island.

Artworks were crafted by students from pre-Kinder to Grade 4 during CAM’s week-long Arts Month. Student Maria Anne Toni Serrano said: “The drill of live selling on ‘FB’ was a fantastic experience for me…[It taught me to be good at producing handcrafted products; most important, it helped me develop skills] for business.”

After five hours of online selling, CAM collected a total of P38,000 from the sale of 90 artworks of students.

“We believe that every child should understand and experience entrepreneurship at an early age,” shared Hiyasmin Nadal, CAM principal. “Not all of them will become entrepreneurs, but online selling teaches critical hard and soft life skills…essential to preparing young learners for their 21st-Century lives.”

Currently, CAM offers Introduction to Entrepreneurship as part of the Accounting Business Management (ABM)  strand in senior-high level—a preparatory course for college—where students are taught from the development of a business plan, feasibility study, marketing, to product testing, launching, and selling.

“By experiencing online selling, students learn lessons such as perseverance, hard work, self-confidence, financial literacy, and problem solving,” Nadal continued. “[The activity encouraged] them to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, while instilling innovation, creative entrepreneurship, and social responsibility which we strongly advocate…in CAM.”

The intentional integration of the entrepreneurial mindset across CAM’S curriculum is critical in empowering kids to confidently meet challenges in the future. The school’s vision is to ensure that the lessons are instilled among students, especially during the pandemic—an important time to take action and make a difference to help the less fortunate ones.

“Our mission is to produce godly leaders, believing that every single student is God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for them to do, according to Ephesians 2:10,” concluded Nadal.

CAM is now open for enrolment from pre-Kinder to Grade 12. For inquiries, contact Marwyn Santos at 0917-5906745, or e-mail: cam.lightoftheworld@gmail.com.