Acre seeds young enterprise

Alpine Observer - - News -

BEECHWORTH-based Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Ru­ral En­trepreneur­ship has pre­sented awards to young peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in its ‘So­cial enterprise in schools’ pro­gram across the North East.

The pro­gram helps to equip young­sters with learn­ing skills for the fu­ture, trad­ing for a pur­pose and do­nat­ing prof­its to a cause about which they are pas­sion­ate.

Re­cip­i­ents at the re­cent awards day in Old Beechworth Gaol in­cluded Pore­punkah Pri­mary School, at which year five and six stu­dents are bag­ging and mar­ket­ing lo­cal cow poo to gar­den­ers.

The stu­dents have raised more than $ 700 for the Ovens Val­ley Wildlife Shel­ter in Myrtle­ford.

Beechworth Honey’s Jodie Goldswor­thy told par­tic­i­pants from nu­mer­ous schools who at­tended the awards day the story of her fam­ily’s bee­keep­ing, honey pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing busi­ness.

The ACRE-So­cial Enterprise Academy Aus­tralia pro­gram is now in its sec­ond year and has been work­ing with stu­dents in 18 schools from Wodonga to Pore­punkah and Wan­garatta.

ACRE pro­gram man­ager Peter Sacco said the awards day recog­nised the achieve­ments of stu­dents and the en­tre­pre­neur­ial, lead­er­ship and global citizenship skills they had de­vel­oped through­out the year.

“Set­ting up their so­cial en­ter­prises as mar­ket stalls (on the awards day) al­lows the pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents to ex­plain what they have achieved and learned to other stu­dents, teach­ers, com­mu­nity mem­bers and spe­cial guests,” he said.

“It also gives them the op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness of the so­cial cause they are sup­port­ing.”

Beechworth’s St Joseph’s Pri­mary School stu­dents are run­ning town his­tory tours as their so­cial enterprise. Bright P-12 Col­lege and Whit­field Pri­mary School stu­dents are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the enterprise pro­gram.

The awards day was sup­ported by the Beechworth and District Com­mu­nity Bank, Beechworth Ro­tary and Old Beechworth Gaol.

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