Chal­lenge to make a dif­fer­ence

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­land’s bud­ding en­trepreneurs are be­ing of­fered a chance to com­pete against each other to cre­ate real so­cial change, both in New Zealand and over­seas.

The So­cial En­ter­prise Com­pe­ti­tion is run by the P3 Foun­da­tion, a youth-led de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on stamp­ing out poverty.

Stu­dents from years 11, 12 and 13 are chal­lenged to iden­tify spe­cific so­cial is­sues re­lat­ing to the United Na­tions eight Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals.

These range from pro­vid­ing univer­sal ed­u­ca­tion to stamp­ing out ex­treme hunger and poverty.

Teams of four stu­dents then come up with a prac­ti­cal solution with help from a men­tor.

Last year’s win­ners, ‘‘ Lunches 4 Less’’, came up with a pro­gramme to teach kids to make cheap, healthy lunches, which was re­cently in­tro­duced in Kingston Pri­mary School in East Man­gere.

A Lunches 4 Less par­tic­i­pant says the com­pe­ti­tion al­lowed them to start with is­sues close to home.

‘‘The fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity in­spired us to make a change. As young pri­mary school kids, L4L would def­i­nitely have helped not only our­selves, but our fam­i­lies too.’’

This year’s regional win­ners will go on to the So­cial En­ter­prise Com­pe­ti­tion na­tional fi­nals con­fer­ence, where they can win up to $1500 to im­ple­ment their idea.

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