Thursday, October 9, 2008

News: Rotherham Ready - big in Japan


A Japanese university professor has flown almost 6,000 miles to see the enterprise learning model developed by ground breaking project, Rotherham Ready. Naoki Wakabayashi, professor of organisational behaviour at Kyoto University, visited Rotherham to learn more about how enterprise education is being delivered in the borough so he can apply it in Japan. Professor Wakabayashi’s first port of call was Rockingham Professional Development Centre to see pupils and teachers from 12 schools meet their business partners for the first time and receive £150 each to officially launch the fourth cohort of Rotherham Ready’s Make £5 Blossom project. He said: "It is wonderful to see children so young sat here with businesses, talking together, negotiating and sharing ideas. "To have such an experience is really wonderful. I see really good things in Rotherham and will be able to share this in Japan, and show what is possible. "You are starting children very young with enterprise, but it is much more than making money; children are learning the skills they need for the future – being creative, working together and solving problems." Professor Wakabayashi heard about Rotherham Ready through Kyoto University’s relationship with the University of Warwick – the organisation that sets the national standard for enterprise education. Catherine Brentnall, project officer for Rotherham Ready, said: "We’re extremely excited to welcome Professor Wakabayashi to Rotherham - it is brilliant to think that the project has developed a reputation that stretches as far as Japan."


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