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This module focuses on initiatives and training to stimulate entrepreneurship among students, suggesting ideas to train entrepreneurial teachers, presenting entrepreneurial projects carried out in schools and proposing methods to create a network and to find funds.

Innovative Entrepreneurial Experiences at Schools

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Chapter 1: European Context
Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan 2020 (2013)
In 2013, the Commission published the “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan”, which defines a new vision and a certain number of actions to be taken at the European levels and by Member States to support entrepreneurship in Europe. It is based on three pillars, including the development of entrepreneurship education and training.

A certain number of Member States have successfully implemented national strategies for entrepreneurship education or made it compulsory to acquire entrepreneurial competences in the framework of an educational curriculum (as mentioned in the Eurydice Report).

However, the Commission considers going further is necessary.

Learning should be made more lively thanks to experiential practical learning models and the testimonies of entrepreneurs confronted to reality.

It is necessary to define learning objectives for all educators, in order to implement in education institutions effective entrepreneurial learning methods.

Entrepreneurial experiences can also take place outside the education system. Young people should be encouraged to acquire related skills through non formal and informal learning modes such as volunteer work. Such experiences should also be validated and recognised.

Education institutions should be encouraged to adopt a globally more entrepreneurial approach, so that they develop and maintain an entrepreneurship and innovation culture in their missions, their administration, their contribution of stakeholders, their programmes and their learning objectives.

This way, the action plan invites Member States to:
  • Ensure that the key competence "entrepreneurship" is embedded into curricula across primary, secondary, vocational, higher and adult education before the end of 2015
  • Offer the opportunity to young people to have at least one practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education, such as running a mini-company, being responsible for an entrepreneurial project for a company or a social project
  • Boost entrepreneurial training for young people and adults in education by means of Structural Funds resources.
Online Resources
  • Entrepreneurship 2020 Reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe, communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, Council, Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, Brussels, January 2013.

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Date: 2016.08.03

Posted by S. Cabrerizo - Spain

The e-learning guide is very useful. Module 4, Innovative Entrepreneurial Experiences at Schools, provides easy examples for teachers.
The negative side is is that there is a lot of information in English, and sometimes it is difficult to follow it if you have an intermediate level of English. Moreover, as a suggestion, I think it could be a good idea to have it in a download version to print the most interesting parts.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Didier Cahour - France

This module is a little bit complex and theoretical. Good practices at the end are relevant.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Gabriela Vrabie - Romania

This module highlights a very important aspect of education: entrepreneurship education in schools, vocational schools and universities, which will definitely have a positive impact on entrepreneurial dynamism in our economies, on young people’s employability.
To this end it not only raises teachers and counsellors’ awareness about the benefits of enterprise projects but also provides them with invaluable tips on how to implement such enterprise projects at their own school. Teachers and counsellors will find practical advice on the necessary steps in creating an enterprise project at school, how an enterprise works or how to search for funds such as crowdfunding. The module also proposes teachers, educators or guidance counsellors a series of best practices to get inspired from.

Date: 2016.07.05

Posted by Martine Prignon (AEDE-EL) - Belgium

The choice of topics and the study of them provide a valuable source of information to teachers, trainers, counselors...
The best practices and online resources add a useful complement to theory, by presenting concrete examples of experiences, projects, exchanges between peers...

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