Broadening Horizons

For Students

Broadening Horizons values student voice, i.e. this page content has been derived from Broadening Horizons very own student online working group

Take control of ‘your’ learning to create an impact beyond the classroom!

Let’s face it, whether you like or not, you are at school for thirteen plus years of your life so ask yourself this question, what is the best way to make the most of your education? If you answered with meaningful, impacting, engaging, a positive interactive learning experience that leads to a career, then  Broadening Horizons delivers it all for you!

Students involved in the Broadening Horizons program learn 21st century enterprise skills, they build leadership skills and form relationships with their community. It gives students an opportunity to work with new people on real world problems. If this interests you, then join us at Broadening Horizons.

Why are Enterprise Skills so important?

Focus 21st century enterprise skills (6 C’s) are communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, character and citizenship. These skills are evidently significant elements of the Broadening Horizons learning model and are the key ingredients to future world of work.

To put it simply but nicely, to be successful in future employment, 21st century enterprise skills are now a pre-requisite expected of you from your future employer.

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Critical thinking is the process of filtering, analyzing and questioning information/content found in various media, and then synthesizing it in a form that has a value to an individual.

Collaboration is a skill of utilizing various personalities, talents, and knowledge in a way to create a maximum outcome.

Communication is a skill of presenting information in a clear, concise and meaningful way.

In the 21st century, an individual must be able to create something new or create something in a new way, utilizing the knowledge he has already acquired.

It is important for an individual to be in touch with everything that surrounds him/her – both culture and community.

Understanding the importance of human connectivity in the world filled with technology is a necessary skill to teach children

What is the Broadening Horizons Learning Model?

Broadening Horizons learning model aligns with a design thinking process: Understand, Design, Deliver and Evolve.

What is design thinking you ask? It’s a concept that provides creative and innovative ideas at work. It’s specifically directed at creating value and solving existing problems.

This model primarily sees students working in small groups, on a challenge provided by the industry partner. Over the course of the program the students design and develop possible solutions to present back to the industry partner and broader audience.

 

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Whilst Broadening Horizons has provided pathways for students to gain casual employment with the industries and businesses they have worked with as part of their participation in the program, given the ages of the program’s target group, the focus of Broadening Horizons remains on the development of enterprise skills and exposure for young people to industry, business and not for profit sectors for the purposes of building aspiration and from a long term perspective, supporting the economic prosperity of Gippsland.

What our students say

What did you get out of the program?

  • Having a say in the community

  • Leadership skills

  • Initiative skills

  • Being resourceful

  • 21st century skills

  • Awareness

What did you like about the program?

  • Different experiences

  • Working with new people