Global Interest in Hands-on Student Retention Scheme
Frankston Standard Leader
May 12, 2014
Frankston's Hands On Learning program is going international.
A delegation from the United Arab Emirates visited schools in the Frankston area recently to learn about the program so they could start it in their homeland.
Hands On Learning spokeswoman Lisa Vagg said the UAE team was keen to start Hands On Learning in Ras Al Khaimah in September.
“The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was searching for best practice and discovered Hands On Learning,” Ms Vagg said.
“The foundation is now funding this delegation to come to Australia for training here in Frankston.
“We are proud that a Frankston innovation is inspiring people to travel halfway round the world.”
Hands On Learning is an in-school intervention program designed to prevent early school leaving that started at Frankston High in 1999 and now operates in 45 schools across Victoria.
The community engagement program supports students to build confidence, engage and achieve.
The delegation visited McClelland Secondary College, which runs a successful program.
Principal Amadeo Ferra said members were impressed with a hut built by Hands On Learning students.
Year 8 student Kim Talent, who has worked on a variety of Hands On Learning projects including a boat, said: “They were really interested in the whole program and what we do.”