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HoL part of HundrED Global Collection 2019

Hands on Learning Café, has been announced by global education non-profit HundrED, as one of 100 most inspiring K12 innovations across the world. HundrED aims to share best practice ideas and K12 innovations across borders to help improve the future of education globally. To achieve this, a team of researchers investigated innovations from around the world to determine 100 projects that are already changing the face of education. Over 1,000 innovations were identified through research, events and recommendations and then 160 were evaluated by HundrED’s academy made up of educational experts, educators and students from 28 countries on their innovativeness, impact and scalability.

Hands on Learning Cafe was chosen due to its unique pioneering status and ability to create a scalable impact.  Find out more.

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HoLA has merged with Save the Children





Hands on Learning Australia (HoLA) and Save the Children joined 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, took effect from 1st April 2017, bringing 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.

Read more about this exciting development here.

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Local MP Gabrielle Williams congratulates Doveton College HoL team on winning inaugural HoL Video Competition

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.


Watch their fabulous video here


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Innovation Excellence

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.

innovation focus

See our entire score card here.

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HOL a featured case study in LLEAP Dialogue Series

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.


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Australia’s first systematic national evidence base

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

Russ on the LLEAP panel
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Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy

Russ on the LLEAP panel

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

Awards and recognition, Special events

National stage for Hands On

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.

Awards and recognition

Kicking goals

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