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Looking Back to the Future

We’re taking a look back over 2016 at some of the highlights for Bright Green Enterprise Education and what this might hold in store for 2017.

1. We worked with some great young people…

Last year saw us reach new schools across the UK whilst continuing our relationship with our wonderful long-term partners. Bright Green Enterprise works with a range of schools across State, Independent, International, College and University level institutions. From Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5 we have delivered to over 5,000 young people in 2016, 64% of who were girls, helping them to develop their enterprising acumen, workplace professionalism and understanding of sustainability issues, globally and locally.

2. We launched Creative Disruptors…

Creative Disruptors Sandtimer Makerversity

In April we launched the six-month Creative Disruptors challenge in the UK, our new international innovation challenge for schools in the UK and Tanzania. Working together, student teams problem solved issues of sustainability under the 2016 theme, ‘HOME’, whilst developing their creative hard skills and professional soft skills. Working with Makerversity, the challenge’s makerspace partner at Somerset House in London was a particular highlight for all participants, including teachers!

3. We researched cool technologies in Tanzania…

Smallholder Farming Tanzania BGE

In May, we travelled back to Tanzania to conduct a research project into smallholder farming technology explored through the design process of Twende Social Innovation Centre in Arusha. Visiting smallholder farmers in the Mbulumbulu Highlands of the north we analysed the relationship between technology, local ecosystems and networks. A full report will be available later this month!

4. We talked about the maker industries to girls…

In June we were invited to the RNLI headquarters in Poole to provide the Key Note speech for Women in Engineering day. Opening the day’s exciting events with an introduction into how the maker industries are diverse in skills and environments and therefore need more diversity in their human resources, girls from across Dorset schools took part in a range of exciting and creative workshops put on by the RNLI and their organisational partners.

5. We welcomed new mentors on board…

We welcomed new programme mentors from across 3 continents into our growing team: Ilga Miglane (Ukraine / UK), Zenzo Sibanda (Zimbabwe / South Africa), Usama Siddiq (Pakistan) and Cris Sebastian (Germany). With collective experience across a range of innovation fields and a wealth of knowledge and experience of global case studies, including the energy sector, to public policy and sustainable infrastructure, the team has never looked so green!

6. We had some exciting meetings and plotted some more projects…

They say hard work pays off; well we ended the year with some exciting meetings, plotting for new ventures, partnerships and programmes to be launched in 2017. We’re keeping things under wraps for now but hope to share some good news with you soon! Until then…keep watching!

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