An Australia-wide program, introduced to Benalla by Tomorrow Today Foundation, has received international recognition.

“Hands On Learning” is a program that creates opportunities for young people to discover their talents and experience success through working on real-life projects both around their school and in the wider community. Tomorrow Today has funded the artisan teacher component of the program at Benalla P-12 College since 2010, and at FCJ College since 2013.  “The schools saw the importance of the program and its potential to re-engage young people in learning and thinking about their future” said Tomorrow Today Board Director, Liz Chapman.  They took the step of partnering with us to give it a go, and it has been a very popular and important activity” she said.

As testament to the benefits of the program, Hands On Learning, managed in Australia by Save the Children, has recently been recognised internationally by global education non-profit HundrED, as one of its 100 most inspiring education innovations.

Researchers investigated 1000 education innovations to identify the top 100 from 41 different countries, with Hands on Learning among six innovations from Australia. The program was recognized for its innovativeness, impact and scalability, with the listing noting that Hands on Learning is about being brave enough to try something that isn’t traditional schooling for at least one day per week. Saku Tuominen, creative director of HundrED, said: “Hands on Learning clearly stood out to us as a project that needed to be shared with the world.”

Tomorrow Today is proud to be associated with this remarkable program which is making a difference to the lives of many Benalla students.

HOL Pat with Toby Condron-Tippins and mum

Innovative: At Tomorrow Today’s Annual Celebration, young student Toby and his mum Neaty spoke about how much he enjoys Hands on Learning.