Project gives lessons out-of-school con­text

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

School and busi­ness part­ner­ships are more in de­mand than ever as lo­cal teach­ers look to demon­strate the rel­e­vance of their teach­ings to young stu­dents.

Part­ners Porirua hosted a break­fast re­cently where it en­cour­aged busi­ness peo­ple to vol­un­teer for the lo­cal part­ner­ship pro­gramme which brings busi­ness and com­mer­cial peo­ple into the class­room.

The pro­gramme has been run­ning in Porirua for more than 12 years and each year 400 ju­nior stu­dents and 150 sec­ondary stu­dents meet men­tors, coaches and busi­ness peo­ple who demon­strate how learn­ing con­trib­utes to success in the work­ing world.

Projects are based on sci­ence, en­vi­ron­ment, health, safe driv­ing, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and en­ter­prise.

Part­ners Porirua ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michelle Robin­son said the func­tion was an op­por­tu­nity to in­form busi­ness peo­ple about how they could help, along with a thank you to lo­cal sup­port­ers such as Porirua City Coun­cil which pro­vides fund­ing.

Re­cent projects have in­cluded news­pa­per re­port­ing and the pro­duc­tion of a com­mu­nity news­pa­per. Health-re­lated projects and projects fo­cus­ing on earth’s awe­some forces fol­lowed on from in­ter­est in the Christchurch earth­quake.

‘‘Not all in­ter­ac­tions are big ones,’’ said Ms Robin­son.

Peo­ple can ne­go­ti­ate how much time and ef­fort they put in. In some cases a sin­gle visit to a class­room is enough, in other in­stances peo­ple want to as­sist with an en­tire project.

Teach­ers have lit­tle time to net­work out­side of the ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment, she says, and once out­side the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, busi­ness peo­ple have lit­tle idea of what amaz­ing work is be­ing done in our class­rooms.

‘‘To­gether the busi­ness com­mu­nity and teach­ers can help our young stu­dents be­come more mo­ti­vated about their learn­ing and bet­ter pre­pared for the out­side world.’’

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