From active citizenship to life skills, from social innovation to start-up… is about showcasing the diversity of entrepreneurial learning from projects from across Europe – finding out what EU projects have achieved and what they learned in the process.
Through this initiative, we want to show the value and learning from these projects, disseminate the good work happening across Europe and make sure further projects can learn from what has gone before. The initiative happens in three phases and on 11 May we brought together practitioners and policy makers to hear more about some of the practices that were shared through our Call for Innovative Projects. Here you can read up on what happened on the day!
We started off hearing from Rodrigo Ballester, Advisor to the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics.
We then had two rounds of Lightning Learn talks showcasing how European funding is supporting entrepreneurial learning. These were followed by interactive sessions where the audience could ask questions to the projects in small groups.
The projects that presented were
How to inspire personal, professional and societal development? How to unleash initiative and making steps towards social and entrepreneurial action? The project aim is to enhance quality and add inspiration and authenticity in training by focusing on key competency centered education, by developing a collection of well-tried innovative approaches and methods by trainers for trainers, teachers and facilitators. The toolbox builds a bridge between theoretical dimension (competency concept and validation frameworks), societal impact (socio-political dimension) and the concrete working fields of actors in formal and non-formal education (field dimension). It makes concrete methodology accessible, helps during planning trainings and empowerment programs and targets facilitators, teachers,group leaders.
I-LINC is a multi-stakeholder platform for digital skills for the employability and entrepreneurship of young people. The project aim is to bring together different stakeholders on finding solution to boost the digital skills and entrepreneurial skills of young people. Regarding entrepreneurship, I-LINC collects learning opportunities and best practices of entrepreneurial education.
The purpose of the project is to provide a progression model for assessment in entrepreneurship education built on existing knowledge and experience and suggesting potential applications. This project will present an overview of innovative and adaptable assessment tools, including digital tools, for different school levels aimed at enhancingi nnovation and resourcefulness of all students from the lowest to the highest end of the academic spectrum.
The aim of the project is to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem for youth and students in 9 Flemish student cities: Brugge, Kortrijk, Gent, Aalst, Geel, Antwerpen, Leuven, Hasselt, Genk. All relevant local stakeholders (the city, higher education institutions, student associations, youth associations, intermediaries and profit and non-profit organizations) are connected in a collaborative endeavour to support youngsters in their entrepreneurial becoming. By means of (1) informational, inspirational and activating activities, (2) community building practices and (3) several support services (mentoring, (peer) coaching, learning sessions) young people get every chance to tap into this resourceful ecosystem in realizing their entrepreneurial dream.
ECO-SystemApp is a multi-sector project which is developing support for entrepreneurship education ecosystems. Engaging teachers, trainers and educators from all educational levels, businesses, public authorities and Civil Society organisations, the overall objective is to foster an entrepreneurial environment that will boost the ecosystems knowledge based on entrepreneurial learning and experience.
The YEDAC project developed a learning model and didactical framework on entrepreneurship education in the secondary school level focusing on active participation of students. The YEDAC didactical model was tested with the YEDAC learning toolbox in six different EU countries. The project method was about learning in an ongoing process although the student completed a specific project during the pilot test. There was much on how to understand and active use entrepreneurial skills rather teachers facilitating the learning process from A-Z. The teacher took the role of a coach. The student had to be more engaged and take more responsibility for their own learning outcome. This also addresses issues as labour market competences and active citizenship, since the learning can be used in different context - not only to build your own company.