Project gives lessons out-of-school context
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.’’