‘Learning to change the world through programs in leadership, enterprise, personal development and social impact for young people and adults’ is the goal for the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA). Established in Scotland and now with hubs around the world including Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Canada and South Africa, SEA is doing exactly that.
In Australia, the Social Enterprise Academy is hosted by the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) based in Beechworth, north east Victoria. From its regional base, SEA Australia operates across urban, regional and remote Australia. Like so many others last year, SEA Australia adapted their face to face learning programs to online to run, amongst others, their Social Enterprise Schools program.
Aligned to the Australian curriculum the established and proven Social Enterprise Schools program encourages students of primary and secondary age to become entrepreneurs during their school day. Students work together to create a business and support their communities. The ideas, innovation, courage and solutions sought by the students are incredible and each year celebrated locally, nationally and presented at the Social Enterprise World Forum. As an associate facilitator with SEA Australia it is a privilege to work with these young people, their teachers and schools. I have been observing and providing support where I can since 2016 visiting Beechworth and some of the pilot schools and businesses including the walking tour by the students at St Josephs. Now, my role is helping co-facilitate these programs which is both exciting and humbling especially at the beginning of the new school year as teachers and students start or restart their Social Enterprise Schools journey. Keen for more, see Social Enterprise Schools.