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HoLA is merging with Save the Children

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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.

Brimbank Leader article April 2016
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Rob, Dale and Seral and the HOL team at Brookside College in Caroline Springs have been working on a project to restore donated furniture for a local western suburbs charity that supports people in emergency situations like house fires, domestic violence and refugees.
The local Brimbank Leader highlighted their work in last week’s newspaper which can be read here or  here.
Kris at Brimbank
Sen Madigan and Min Birmingham fhs 17 Nov 2015
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Federal Minister Birmingham visits HOL

Once again Independent Senator for Victoria John Madigan encouraged the Federal Minister for Education and Training, now Simon Birmingham, to take a hands-on approach to education when he puts on a blacksmithing workshop for the Minister and a group of Fitzroy High School (FHS) students on Tuesday 17 Nov 2015 .

The HOL program at FHS operates out of an historic W-class tram and both Senator Madigan and Minister Birmingham worked together with the students to forge a Ned Kelly helmet and tools for a pizza oven the students are building at the school.

Senator Madigan, a long-term supporter of HOL, said: “Everyone learns differently and the classroom doesn’t give all kids the chance to shine.

“HOL offers new ways to learn, engaging students who are not having a great deal of success in their traditional studies.  These kids are often good with their hands and prefer practical tasks like building and making things to being cooped up in a classroom.

“HOL gives them a sense of achievement, boosting their self-esteem, while also helping them recognize the value of what they are being taught in class.

“Most importantly, HOL gives them hope, keeping them in school longer, and helping them to develop the skills needed to succeed in our twenty first century economy. This is critical given the sometimes grim prospects of those who don’t finish high school.”

Minister Birmingham congratulated the staff and students on making such positive contributions to the school and keeping engaged with their learning.  He described HOL as “a great program keeping kids engaged with school”

Sen Madigan and Min Birmingham fhs 17 Nov 2015