Pupils out and about on North Harris Estate

Paul Finnegan (Meavaig Fish Farming) , two pupils, Alistair MacLeod (NHT)
Paul Finnegan (Meavaig Fish Farming) , two pupils, Alistair MacLeod (NHT)

Staff from the North Harris Trust recently organised an Enterprise Day for S3 pupils at Sir E Scott School.

The day kicked off with Ranger Robin Reid taking the group of nineteen14 year olds to see the new Eagle Observatory.

The group squeezed into the building to hear about local nature and the eagles that soar above the site.

After a trek back down the valley, the coach moved on to the Ceann an Ora housing development.

The pupils heard about the population issues in Harris and the work that the Trust is doing to create jobs and housing, addressing the outmigration problem.

Before lunch, the pupils then took in a quick trip to the Urgha Community Recycling site, where they heard about the reuse and recycling activities.

They also saw first-hand the wind-turbine which powers the site.

In the afternoon, back at the school, there were presentations from local businesses.

The last part of the day involved the pupils themselves creating virtual businesses. The teams came up with business ideas that capitalised on the Harris environment. There were watersports ventures, outdoor activities and a sea-fish enterprise to supply local produce through local outlets.

The event was designed to open up the eyes of local teenagers to what goes on around them in Harris.

It aims to teach the pupils that there are opportunities in Harris, and moving to the mainland after school is not the only choice.

Evaluation sheets completed by the pupils after the event showed that 72% of attendees could now see more opportunity for themselves in Harris.