Partners Porirua's Role in Enterprising Education

Partners Porirua believes the key to preparing our young people for their place in the working world is to be enterprising with our approach to learning.

Our education - business partnerships work alongside the curriculum supporting and enhancing the 5 key competencies young people need to be successful in today's job market.

  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols and texts
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing

Partners Porirua has developed an enterprising approach to learning and applies this to all our education – business partnerships.

Our carefully planned partnerships provide wonderful opportunities for schools, businesses and community organisations to learn from each other.

By supporting the schools and developing education business partnerships we can enhance the development of young people’s values and knowledge so they will have the skills employers are looking for and can contribute to our economy and our society.

E.g. Bio Fuel Projectbio fuels

A local school has been working alongside a city bus company and Enviro Schools coordinator  to see if they can develop enough  bio- fuel to run a 54 seater bus from Porirua to Wellington.

The students were required to research and investigate various fuel options, think about and solve the scientific aspect of the project, work in teams, consult with the bus company and local businesses (supplying the oil), develop a viable fuel option and sell the idea to the bus company.

Stage two of the project will be the collection and development of the bio fuel and the field trip from Porirua into Wellington to test the fuel. Watch this space!

Teachers don’t have the experience to teach any more than the theory and then they need the expertise of the community to put it into practice. An enterprise programme like this will complement other programmes such as Gateway programme and help prepare young people for lifelong learning.

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