who we are

HARM PREVENTION CHARITY Hands On Learning Australia (HOLA) is a PBI charity – with DGR status – committed to preventing the harm of early school leaving. We support schools to run the proven Hands On Learning (HOL) program by delivering quality assurance, ongoing training and development of a specialist workforce of HOL artisan-teachers who implement … Read More

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how we work

THE HANDS ON LEARNING PROGRAM Hands On Learning is an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn. Two artisan-teachers work collaboratively with small groups of cross-age students on authentic building projects that provide a platform for students to engage, grow confidence and achieve success at school. Hands On Learning fosters strong, long … Read More


where we are

  SCHOOLS RUNNING HOL Geelong region schools Gippsland region schools Schools outside Victoria Metro HOL schools North East region schools South West region schools Wimmera region schools  

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our history

The Hands On Learning (HOL) program was developed by Russell Kerr in 1999 as a response to many years witnessing struggling students, or those with different learning styles, written off prematurely and not given the opportunity to realize their potential. Armed with the philosophy that a school has a responsibility to provide a stimulating environment … Read More


our supporters

Thank you to our key supporters Hands On Learning Australia (ABN 11 130 433 288) is a not-for-profit Public Benevolent Institution with DGR status listed on the Harm Prevention Register. Our funding comes entirely from philanthropic foundations, trusts, corporate supporters, and individual donors. We sincerely thank our partners for making it possible for us to survive, thrive, … Read More