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European project culminates at London school

posted 18 Jul 2018, 10:47 by Tim Williams
A three-year project which has seen students visit the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, France, Turkey, Poland
and Slovenia came to a sparkling conclusion in London.
Youth to Business Enterprise (Y2BE) Erasmus exposes students to the world of work and enterprise, with
trips around Europe to learn about every aspect of running a business, including marketing, product design,
sales and finance.
Teams were challenged to devise a business idea, start up a company and draw a viable business plan.
Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, played host to 70 students and staff from all eight European countries
last week.
Julia Nycz, 16, from Nightingale, visited the Netherlands, Romania and Poland for the project. She said: “I
was fortunate enough to be part of the Y2BE Leadership Team from the outset and I can say, with
confidence, it has been the most rewarding learning experience of my life.
“The thing I am mostly amazed by is the fact people from so many different places and cultures, speaking
different languages, are capable of coming together and producing something as special as this.”
Jean-Doumer,18, of France, said: “The Erasmus Y2BE project has been a great opportunity for me to travel to
different European countries and has given me the chance to work and interact with other students from so
many nationalities.
“I believe learning about how to create a business will be very useful in the future. I will remember this for
the rest of my life.”
During the week in London, students visited the City of London for a guided tour of the financial district.
Students’ business plans were pitched to and evaluated by a panel of high profile business professionals in a
Dragon’s Den style setting at Westminster County Hall in central London.
The project culminated in a gala reception – attended by Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney and
Mayor of Enfield Saray Karakus - before a farewell ceremony and evaluations.
The team from Paris, France, were crowned the overall winners for their Catering Employment app.
Avni Aliaj, head of modern foreign languages and international projects co-ordinator, said: “The entire week
was a whirlwind of activities for guests and Nightingale students, who assumed their hosting role with a
great sense of ownership, diligence and warmth.

“The teams showed exceptional confidence, presentation skills and business knowledge, especially during
grilling by the judges.”
Awards were given in 11 categories, including best business idea, best business plan and best finance plan.
The guests were also treated to sightseeing in London with a Thames river boat trip, dinner and a West End
Netherlands teacher Onno Ter Sluis said: “In a world of differences, prejudices and conflicts, it’s extremely
satisfying to see that cultures can overcome them and make friends for a lifetime. The Y2BE project is a
shining example of how to overcome personal differences and work together towards a common goal.”
Nightingale principal Ann Palmer said: “We are extremely proud of this programme which has been
incredibly successful.
“It has shown that young people, across a range of dimensions and cultures, can work together and create
“As a result of our great international work, we have been approached by the British Council to become a
lead school in the borough on the Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Programme; a real