We’re excited to announce that Hands on Learning Australia (HoLA) and Save the Children are joining forces to make it possible for more young Australians to stay connected to school and improve their educational and life outcomes. HoLA and Save the Children share a bold vision – that all young people at risk of disengaging from school will have a genuine opportunity to receive and learn from a quality basic education.
The merger, taking effect from 1st April 2017, brings together HoLA’s long-term ambition to prevent early school leaving and Save the Children’s vision of a world in which every child attains the right to a quality basic education. To date, HoLA has successfully partnered with over 65 Victorian schools. And, through an innovative education program that caters to the different ways young people learn, it has helped in excess of 7,500 disengaged young people stay at school.
Read more about this exciting development here.
The HOL team at Doveton College have won the first ever HOL Video Competition. In 2 minutes they did an amazing job of capturing the essence of why HOL is so effective.
The school welcomed local MP Gabrielle Williams who presented the team with the latest GoPro HERO5 as first prize. HOLA Chair Rod Glover also attended to congratulate the team, and also presented the video director Zach Gleeson with his own smaller action camera.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DOVETON HOL TEAM!!
Watch their fabulous video here
WESTERN Port Secondary College students have been inspired and challenged by their ideas modelled on McClelland Sculpture Park and created their own on the school grounds.
Hands On Learning students created ‘Ponder the Pelican’ to perch on top to greet visitors. Their sculpture has won the People’s Choice award.
For more details click here.
The recent Australia Post and Give Easy Innovation Index rates Hands On Learning Australia (HOLA) as highly innovative. Our Focus on Innovation was rated as 9.5 out of 10 compared to an average of 6.1 out of 10 across all Australian NFP’s. With an overall innovation score of 7.9 compared to the average for all Australian NFP’s of 5.8, HOLA is one of the most innovative organisations operating in the youth education space.
See our entire score card here.
LLEAP Dialogue Series: Growing ideas through evidence is an initiative designed to inspire and help people rethink what is noticed, how it’s noticed, and whose noticing counts when leading innovation and improvement in education. The guide just published features the innovation and data collection used by Hands On Learning Australia as part of a detailed case study.
Hands On Learning will feature in Building futures for young Australians at risk: a coordinated measurement framework and data archive being undertaken by the University of Melbourne to investigate what works to combat early school leaving. This national research project will identify and analyse the processes that lead to successful outcomes for marginalised and disadvantaged youth, including school completion, personal wellbeing, employment, and the capacity to engage with civic life. Click here to read the project description
Hands On Learning features as the lead case study in Australia’s first national study into the impact of philanthropy in education. Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) is a three year research project that shares best practice approaches to improving education outcomes by the Australian Council of Education Research, with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation. Read the case study here
HOLA CEO and Founder Russell Kerr joined an expert panel for the launch of the LEEAP Guide and Cases companion document. Listen here to Russell talk about how collaboration between the philanthropic sector and education can grow with maximum impact.
Click here to read the full LLEAP document
Carrum Downs students, Ryan, Nathan and Maddie together with HOL artisan teacher Wayne Bollard travelled to Sydney in May to hit centre stage during the plenary session of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition national conference.
Sponsored by the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, the opening session showcased best practice programs from across Australia. The Hands On team had a big impact on the 400+ audience, resulting in delegates queuing to speak to them and many ‘tweets’ about the demand for, and impact of Hands On Learning.
The Hands On Learning team at Benalla College was awarded 1st Prize in the Get Out There Youth Awards 2011, taking out the Group Program Category in the 12-16 years old age group, against strong competition. The awards are co-ordinated by the Benalla Rural City and Benalla College.
Nominated by Year 9 student Jamielee (pictured 2nd left), Hands On was recognised for “making you a part of something, building things together.” “The program got me back on track when I was struggling at school,” Jamielee added.
“This award is a testament to the way Hands On Learning at Benalla College is really kicking goals”, according to Sabine Smyth, Volunteer Programs Coordinator, with the Tomorrow: Today Foundation, Benalla’s community foundation established and run by locals to fund local community projects.
“The transformation of kids who have otherwise lost their motivation at school and have now been empowered to make the most of school is inspiring,” she added. Tomorrow: Today sponsors Hands On Learning at Benalla College through its Education Benalla program which aims to improve the educational outcomes of local students.
Hands On Learning artisan-teacher Ed Bishop added that the program has had results in the life of the students beyond school. “Two of the participants got school based apprenticeships on the strength of the work skills they had learnt in the program.”
Image courtesy Tomorrow:Today Foundation
Hands On Learning artisan-teachers Lloyd Smith and David Scarlett won the City of Greater Geelong 2011 IMPETUS Youth Award for the Environment for their work at Northern Bay College, along with a handy $500 for their school.
The awards not only celebrate the outstanding contributions of young people, but also recognize inspirational efforts of the likes of Lloyd and Dave who have worked with their students to build and install a section of boardwalk for the You Yangs Mountain Bike Course, used by 70,000 people every year.