Education for Enterprise is about promoting an approach to learning – one that is real, relevant, and gives students responsibility for their learning.
Benefits for schools
Education for Enterprise provides opportunities for students to link their learning to "real-life" situations. It combines classroom learning and participation in the broader community, including the world of business, and reinforces the relevance and value of what is learned in the curriculum. To be effective, Education for Enterprise is best embedded across the curriculum of the school.
The vision of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) states the challenges for schools in preparing young people who will:
- be creative, energetic, enterprising, and entrepreneurial
- contribute to the well-being of New Zealand
- seize the opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies to secure a sustainable social, cultural, economic, and environmental future for our country.
Education for Enterprise provides students with opportunities to:
- become engaged in their learning through school/community partnerships
- apply their curriculum knowledge and skills to real contexts
- use initiative and be resourceful
- gain NCEA credits at the same time as developing the key competencies in senior secondary schooling
- have a better understanding of the world outside school.
Students leave school equipped with enterprising attributes that empower them to stand tall as New Zealanders, seize opportunities, overcome obstacles, and make a positive contribution to their community.
Education for Enterprise offers opportunities for schools to:
- develop closer links with their community, including business
- foster partnerships that will turn into long-term relationships with community and business enterprises
- widen access to a broad range of contexts and teaching and learning resources for developing students' knowledge and key competencies
- access NZQA and industry-recognised qualifications for senior students.
Benefits for community
Schools work in partnership with community and business to embed enterprise in the culture of the school and display it in leadership, teaching and learning, and all areas of school life.
Students gain an appreciation of the importance of business in New Zealand society and develop the skills, attitudes, and desire to participate in it.
- Business can share skills and knowledge, and build their understanding of curriculum through involvement with local schools.
- Communities see that students are actively contributing to the well-being of their communities.
"… it's our creativity and innovative ideas that set us apart. It's the thinking that makes us different".
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise