Farming "Fanta Passion" fruit

Farming "Fanta Passion" fruit

There will always be some students who for any number for reasons do not progress inot secondary school education. Nationally approximately a third students leaving primary education continue on to secondary school, leaving two thirds to effectively start adult life aged just 14. Some may stay with the family and work on the farm; some take on casual work; some may just hang out and pass the time playing pool spending money they don't have; some may be forced into marriage; and others may run away to the cities to seek new pastures where they are vulnerable to exploitation. What ever path they take they are likely to remain in poverty. 

What if those children, while at school, had learnt useful life skills along side their academic studies? What if they had gain some practical entrepreneurial knowledge and skills and had access to loans to help them turn a subsistence existence into something better? After all Sir Richard Branson was not academically gifted and he has done OK.

In January 2016 LTT launched a Primary School based Enterprise Programme aimed at Standard 6 students, those in their penultimate year. the premise is that the group divide into 3 groups. An action group does a task (farming, caring for chickens etc) while an Accounts group monitors and records all income and expenditure and produces monthly reports  while the third group focuses on sales and marketing. After an agreed period of time they rotate so that they all get the chance to experience each section. After learning from each section they return to where they started and are asked to critically examine the ways they work so that they can make improvements to the business and present their ideas to the rest of the team. During the year they will learn basic business skills alongside critical thinking, management and communication skills - all of which are transferable.

Hopefully the business turns a profit and that profit goes to the school to hep pay for the running costs that are not being met by government and community contributions.

Chicken and egg business at Waangwaray

Chicken and egg business at Waangwaray

Eggs being collected and prepared for market

Eggs being collected and prepared for market