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November 2009

Programme Launched for Kids

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company marketing manager Kirsty Innes and Builder Billy Kirkwood were at Achenharvie Academy recently to launch an innovative new educational programme called Tommorow's Homes Today.

The project fits the" i. live " theme of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company's vision for the area, and was launched to pupils on October 29.

Around 250 first and second years are being invited to research, design and present their ideas for social housing to a panel of experts, including Billy Kirkwood of RobertRyan Homes, who has agreed to incorporate appropriate elements into his designs.

Pupils will also use the "i live" theme as the contest for learning across the curriculum, providing an understanding of, and input into, the area through study in subjects such as history, geography, art, technical subjects, science and social studies.

Patrick Wiggans, chief executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company said; " Working with schools in this way helps to engage at a really fundamental level with the community. This provides a fantastic vehicle for people to learn more about their area, more about the work we are doing, and gives a real opportunity for them to have a say."

"However it also has to be delivered in a way that provides real and measurable educational benefits for the students themselves, and this project is one of the most ambitious of its kind."

Billy has confirmed that this press release by Irvine Bay acknowledges the real need for collaborative working between Public and Private sector businesses, especially where direct practical benefits to the education system can be achieved. Further details and progress to be released in the near future.