High Impact Education Service (HIES) is a social enterprise that works with children and young people in South Leicestershire. At present, we run the Enterprise Education Project in Market Harborough, a programme that inspires children and young people to think innovatively, work cooperatively and celebrate passionately the efforts they make to be the best they can be. Feeling good about ourselves and helping others is what we do best!
What we do
The Enterprise Education Project runs Enterprise Clubs in primary and middle schools. The goal of the club members is to take recycled, donated, natural and low cost materials and reconstruct them into high quality craft products that they sell at school and community events. Most importantly, they sell their crafts at the ‘Enterprise Club’ stall at the Saturday indoor market in Market Harborough. As a result, the Enterprise Club members develop lots of business and enterprise skills. To date, the students have donated their profits to places like Loros Hospice in Leicester, Mablethorpe Children’s Holiday Centre, projects in their own schools and towards learning resources and building materials for schools in Uganda and Ghana.
Links with Uganda
The project is run with small groups of students in primary and middle schools. The club sessions take place during lunch-time and after-school. We begin by learning about a collective of families in Uganda, Africa who work in a stone quarry making gravel by breaking rocks by hand, a dangerous and unhealthy way to make a very low paid living. In order to supplement their wages the collective produces beautiful handcrafted beaded jewellery made from recycled paper which they send to the UK and which High Impact Education Service promotes and sells as a method of supporting the collective. The Enterprise Clubs link with these beadmakers by learning to make rolled recycled beaded jewellery which becomes their very first craft product.
The young Enterprisers conduct regular business meetings at which they learn how to give their team feedback on such things as how well their products are selling, how to attract more customers and how best to display their products. They learn how to cost and price their crafts and how best to display them. They demonstrate and talk to the public and handle money. They do accounting including how to figure out their profits. They then make decisions about what to do with that profit. They decide amongst themselves how they will donate their profits including whether to hold back some profits in order to invest in such items as new materials and tools. A wide range of life and job skills develop as a result of these activities!