Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning launched
4000 teachers across Europe to become more entrepreneurial in the way they teach
Brussels, 7th March 2014: 120 trainers from 22 European countries were specially selected to come to Brussels to launch Europe’s first Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning www.tesguide.eu. The guide contains tools, methods and good practice recommended by teachers for teachers. This pool of trainers will drive the creation of a community of educators at the school level across Europe.
This initiative is part of The Entrepreneurial School project (www.entrepreneurialschool.eu) that will focus on teachers and their professional development as well as on making schools more 'entrepreneurial'. The consortium consists of an outstanding team of experts in entrepreneurial learning including industry participants, universities and education networks. ‘The Entrepreneurial School’ will train over 4000 teachers in the next 3 years across 22 countries. The project won co-funding from the European Commission, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).
Entrepreneurial learning methods shift the role of teacher from being an instructor to a facilitator. Students learn to handle complex problems and situations and work effectively in teams. It is important to follow up on continuous professional development for teachers at all levels. Teachers want access to good tools and methods that will support their work in this field and they also benefit from the ideas and expertise of those with longer experience.
During the launch event that took place in Brussels, industry representatives, policy makers and practitioners shared their views on entrepreneurial learning in schools, encouraging continuous professional development for teachers at all levels and paving the way for making schools more 'entrepreneurial'.
Quotes from the panel
“Teachers play such an important role equipping young people with the entrepreneurial skills to become the future innovators and employees that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. Teacher training and development, supported by tools like the Virtual Guide of The Entrepreneurial School, is key to accelerating that process.” Jo Deblaere, COO of Accenture
“Students receive education today in a more creative, innovative and enjoyable way. We have come a long way in putting entrepreneurship education on the map and we would not have done it without the teachers who are the agents of change, but there is still much to do to cover all schools in Europe.” Marko Curavić, Head of Unit Entrepreneurship and Social Economy, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
“Technology and demography have brought to the world of education the change that they had brought years ago to the world of finance. The role of the teacher has changed into that of a coach and this is a shift we need to encourage if we want to improve our education systems and cultivate the entrepreneurial culture in Europe.” Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director General, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
“How can we support teachers and students in being more entrepreneurial? By encouraging collaborative staff team work in schools; providing quality teacher training; adapting assessment methods to suit entrepreneurial ways of teaching and learning; and support education and industry cooperation. Entrepreneurial learning is about embracing new teaching and learning approaches including project-based learning, and focusing more on developing transversal competences through trans-disciplinary approaches.” Marc Durando, Executive Director, European Schoolnet
"Being a part of coalition of partners led by JA-YE Europe, Intel is happy to contribute its resources to support development of entrepreneurial skills in our region. We believe that starting 21st century skills education as early as possible is crutial for future Europe's success." Guenther Juenger, Director Corporate Affairs Group, Intel
Trainers and teachers share their experience
“I felt that the Guide provided a vast array of easy-to-use resources through which entrepreneurial learning can be augmented in the classroom and hence it is an extremely useful tool. The training session was fun and allowed us to get to know each other. It also gave us the drive, the tools and the confidence through which to get our colleagues to enhance entrepreneurship in their classrooms and the minds of their students.” Zenon Zambakides, Greece
“I very much liked the variety of tools and methods available to use in the Virtual Guide. What I appreciated mostly is the international dimension of the project. It is a unique opportunity to see how others are working in entrepreneurial learning. ” Bogumida Filipiak, Poland
“The TES Guide is an important tool to spread entrepreneurial learning around Europe and especially in countries like Italy where we need to do more in order to prepare our students to be competent in a globalized world. In events like these we have the opportunity to meet teachers who are committed to entrepreneurial learning and think further on how ways to collaborate among the schools and improve the skills of our students in risk-taking, taking initiative, be collaborative and use technology in the right way. ” Armando Persico, Italy
“TES Guide is a useful tool not only for self-evaluation but also for official reports to Ministries and stakeholders and foremost to register any progress made in one’s projects.
The training was stimulating and we had very productive discussions among teachers as to how to do things better inside our classrooms.” Lina Nearchou, Cyprus
Access the Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning: www.tesguide.eu
For further information:
· Elina Konstantinou, Communications Director, JA-YE Europe, + 32 2 735 97 20, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Valentina Garoia, European Schoolnet, +32 2 790 75 75, +32 (0)488 495246 email@example.com
The Entrepreneurial School project
The Entrepreneurial School (www.entrepreneurialschool.eu) is a 3-year project aiming to launch a "Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning" (www.tesguide.eu) with tools and methods to support entrepreneurial learning. The project will focus on teachers and their professional development as well as on making schools more 'entrepreneurial'. The Entrepreneurial School will train over 4000 teachers in the next 3 years across 18 countries. The project is co-funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) of the European Commission.
Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe
JA-YE Europe is Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes, reaching 3.2 million students in 39 countries in 2013. Funded by businesses, institutions, foundations and individuals, JA-YE brings the public and private sectors together to provide young people in primary and secondary schools and early university with experiences that promote the skills, understanding and perspective that they will need to succeed in a global economy (www.ja-ye.org).
About European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet is a network of 30 Ministries of Education from across the European member states, leading educational innovation at European level. As a major international think tank, European Schoolnet operates key European services in education on behalf of the European Commission, member Ministries of Education and industry partners (www.europeanschoolnet.org). Follow us on Twitter @eu_schoolnet and on Facebook.