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Babinda Gets a Funding Boost to Create the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

 
​QLD State Treasurer, Mr Curtis Pitt MP, visits to talk to Mr Thompson and our school captains about the new program​
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Babinda State School - Creating the Next Generation of Digital Entrepreneurs
Babinda P-12 State School has recently been awarded a $301,400.00 grant through the Queensland State Government’s new $8 million Collaboration and Innovation Fund.  The School was among 21 state secondary and special schools to have been awarded funding through the program.  The grant will be used to develop an innovative teaching framework aimed at both cultivating the entrepreneurial skills of students as well as the skills to develop small to medium size digital businesses.
State Treasurer, Mr Curtis Pitt MP, said in a statement, “The projects that were funded were judged on their ability to make a real difference for students…  Babinda’s project will provide students with practical and exciting learning opportunities that will really push the boundaries. “
Babinda State School Principal, Mr Matt Thompson said his school planned to play their part in growing the Babinda economy and that furthermore when this program is completed, the school wants to share with other schools to help students from other small regional communities, who also often rely on outside sources for income, to do the same.
The initiative will involve mixed-age group classes targeting app creation, online business opportunities and how innovators develop and launch ideas, including what income sources are available to do so. Students will also work in groups to develop a range of purely online businesses through technologies like Facebook, YouTube and eBay.  They will learn how these businesses operate, as well as how students can capitalise on digital technology to boost business innovation.
“The project will teach students about basic entrepreneurship, and digital and business skills suitable for creating a start-up enterprise,” Mr Thompson said.  “The Collaboration and Innovation Fund is a wonderful opportunity for a school like Babinda, with fewer than 300 students, it gives us a great chance to show what we’re capable of.  We’re going to really be thinking outside of the box, to make a meaningful contribution to the state’s education system and economy.”
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Last reviewed 19 February 2020
Last updated 19 February 2020