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Enterprising Girls goes virtual for free school holiday program

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Girls from around the country today joined a virtual classroom for the first of three entrepreneurial workshops these school holidays.

The free Enterprising Girls event attracted 45 students, stretching from regional areas such as Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Bateau Bay to cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 

The focus of today’s program was on community resilience, with the students aged 10 to 18 encouraged to develop a business idea to help communities prepare for crises such as a bushfire or pandemic.

10 year old Ariba Omar from Wagga Wagga took part in the program, using Zoom and Slack to communicate with her three teammates.

“We’re supposed to come up with ideas with our fellow teammates and right now my team’s problem is bushfires,” said the Year 5 student from Sturt Public School. 

Ariba and her team used design thinking and problem solving to develop an app called ‘Resifire’ which provides reliable information to people during a bushfire, including how to prepare and recover.  

Mother Dr. Saba Nabi encouraged her daughter to take part in the program so she could develop financial independence and career mindedness.

Enterprising Girls spokesperson Tegan Gilchrist was impressed by the innovative ideas to emerge out of today’s workshop which was run in collaboration with not-for-profit social enterprise Young Change Agents.  

“The ideas generated out of today’s workshop shows how inspired these students are by the business response to COVID-19. Ideas included an online learning centre, an app to connect with people but remain physically distant and a robot to help kids stay active during lockdown.

I can’t wait to see what skills this generation will bring to the workforce in years to come,” said Tegan Gilchrist. 

Enterprising Girls was on track to deliver 100 workshops in schools around Australia this year, however the pandemic forced the program to go online, using Zoom and Slack to teach young women design thinking, problem solving, as well as business and technology skills. 

“Like many businesses, the pandemic forced us to think creatively and adapt our model, and I think we’ve set an excellent example for our new graduates - that you need to be agile, open to change and innovate, because in business you never know what’s around the corner,” added Tegan Gilchrist. 

For those students unable to attend a virtual workshop these school holidays, Enterprising Girls has an online academy where students learn how to create their own business and can be completed at their own pace, from any location.

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