Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) launched its fourth annual Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC) on 16 October 2017, offering an exciting opportunity for schools to create partnerships and be part of a collaborative global community, competing for a place at a prestigious award ceremony.
The winners of last year’s Challenge, Steeviz, from Weizman School in Israel (9-11 category) and Green Gallery, a team from Kamla Nehru Public School in India (12-15 category) were flown to Seattle at the end of November to receive their awards from Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s Vice-President Worldwide Education.
Once again, this year’s GEC will involve children in business teams in two different age groups. Using the Microsoft 365 platform, participating schools will build an online community creating links between teachers and pupils from around the world and building a platform for collaboration.
Jonathan Bishop, headteacher at BCPS, explains: “This challenge is truly unique in its emphasis on collaboration and in the past three years we have been proud and encouraged to see children from more than 45 schools in 30 different countries working together so productively towards a common aim and purpose. The sharing of ideas, discussion and feedback transcends distance, culture and economic situation and sets positive values and skills for their futures as global citizens.”
Schools who sign up to the GEC will receive online support throughout the project. They will share and communicate with one another - every teacher and child will have an individual account in a dedicated Office365 setup, a Skype for Business account and a collaborative workspace. They will also be given access to download a copy of MSOffice. Through the Challenge, the children will gain an understanding of world markets and currencies, as well as honing their entrepreneurial skills, and developing an understanding of cultural diversity and creativity through the use of technology.
There is no charge for participating in the challenge – BCPS wishes to provide opportunities for all its students to work together successfully, be challenged and overcome the challenges they face.
If you have any questions please contact the project co-ordinator, Chloe Farrant, at firstname.lastname@example.org