Training course about – Tools for Active Knowledge on Entrepreneurship
Zadar, Croatia, from 17 May – 24 May 2015
We can find entrepreneurs in manufacturing, business, health care, tourism, education etc. Being an entrepreneur means more than being a business owner. It means possessing entrepreneurial qualities and characteristics essential to being a productive citizen and excelling in one’s career. Being entrepreneurial means creating something new or developing ideas or projects, it means not following prescribed paths and thinking outside the box. The entrepreneurial spirit is the heart of a society that moves forward and adapts to changing economic, technological, and social challenges.
The entrepreneurs who create these companies put together a team, overcame obstacles, pushed aside failure, and forged forward. Persistence, passion, and learning from mistakes are key character traits that create successful entrepreneurs.
School communities, the society, the non–governmental organizations, are encouraged to create an environment for teaching and learning that nurtures entrepreneurial traits and behaviors and fosters the teaching of the foundations of entrepreneurial knowledge in multiple subject areas spanning all grade level.
The principles of good entrepreneurship education highlight good teaching and learning practices across the curriculum and age groups. Traits and behaviors such as inquisitiveness, creativity, leadership, and teamwork are necessary elements of entrepreneurial habits, but they are also characteristics of successful learners.
One representative of SPPMD participated on the training course T.A.K.E – Tools for Active Knowledge on Entrepreneurship, that took place in Zadar, Croatia, from 17 May – 24 May 2015 organized by the host organization Carpe Diem NGO.
The training course was learning by doing experience, with the aim to learn new entrepreneurial tools and to develop new educational methods which encourage business thinking and action for young people.
The challenge before us is how to simultaneously prepare the masses for the common good, while lighting the entrepreneurial fire of the individual. Entrepreneurs are everywhere. Their fundamental traits and behaviors are the foundational skills necessary for all students. This framework will allow teachers, youth workers, trainers, youth leaders to see themselves more clearly contributing to entrepreneurship education and also to create a toolkit with tested non-formal educational tools for developing abilities for youth creativity on entrepreneurship.
Through the whole training course we were introduced with to new business models and tools, we’ve gained new competences on youth creativity and entrepreneurship through the creative design thinking workshop, and how to make board game for entrepreneurship or business about youngsters, we’ve created new non-formal methods to empower youth in becoming future entrepreneurs, like business model canvas (cover business story), making creative game about problem solving, risk and time management, and we’ve been inspired how to become resource persons for young people that want to start business ventures in the tool of presenting the business plan in front of the “ Dragons”
We’ve been introduced in self-evaluation tool, modes of operation, and methods of teaching, which helps youth workers and trainers to develop their know-how in entrepreneurship and enterprise education. Various work methods, techniques, learning environments and networks and feedback on the performance, as well as educational tips and strategies for further development.
- Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our economy.
• Entrepreneurship education is a life-long learning process.
When most people think of the words “entrepreneur“ and “entrepreneurship“, they think of business owners and the act of starting new ventures. But that’s only part of it. That terminology also applies to people who think in an entrepreneurial manner, meaning they’re focused on new ideas, new ventures, and different, better ways of doing things. Instead of looking to “take a job,” seek to “make a job“. Be the change!