I-Discover launches in Manchester last night.

Posted on: November 20, 2009

The tables were turned on the adults last night at Urbis Manchester as a panel of schoolchildren scrutinised bids from their peers in the well known format of Dragon’s Den

Guests discussing their pitches to the young dragons

Guests discussing their pitches to the young dragons

The exercise was part of the launch of NESTA’s I-Discover programme in the city which aims to ensure that young people have the vital skills, confidence and self esteem to prepare them for the future world of work.

Pupils from selected schools  are given vouchers worth £200 each term for them to spend on amazing learning experiences of their choice.

The young people themselves will choose which learning experiences to spend their money on, with activities covering a host of themes – music, sport, science, art, technology, design, architecture, business, charity and loads more.

Pupils will emerge from the programme better prepared for the future – with energy and resilience and having developed creative and entrepreneurial talents.


Sir Howard Bernstein speaking at the launch of the I-Discover programme

Sir Howard Bernstein speaking at the launch of the I-Discover programme



Amongst those speaking at the event were Ben Aurora,Director of the Education stream at NESTA,and Sir Howard Bernstein,chief executive at Manchester City Council who stressed the importance of the programme for the city.

For the record,the winning “bid” selected was a scheme to encourage children to explore technologies to help alleviate the world’s problems such as climate change and famine.

I-Discover is funded jointly by NESTA and the Manchester innovation fund.


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