Remote businesses bud
Urapunga School students launched a business in just under five hours. The 30 preschool to Year 6 Aboriginal students explored the prospect in a one-day workshop supported by school partner, not-for-profit Circulanation.
The school edges Arnhem Land — 600 kilometres southwest of Darwin — and the enterprise building Be The Boss program gave the fledgling entrepreneurs practise in running a commercial operation.
The prospective capitalists were given five dollars as start-up money. Favoured stock included wooden bead jewellery, indigo-dyed t-shirts, and chocolate crackles.
But before production commenced, and pop-up sale stalls were set-up, the students researched their target buyers and the likely profitability of their merchandise.
Urapunga School teacher Edna Nelson said: “The kids had a lot of fun, and it was a great way to show our young people that you can use your talents to create new opportunities and build a strong future for yourself and your family.”
Principal Will Roestenburg added: “Soft-skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication and leadership can be effectively taught in an engaging learning environment.
“Students need real-world experiential learning opportunities that allow them to try, test, learn, and sometimes fail in order for these skills to be learnt and applied.
“Programs like Be The Boss are an excellent vehicle for young people to develop both their enterprise and soft-skills in a safe and supportive environment.
“I was proud of all our students for stepping up to this challenge.”