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Any reference to entrepreneurial education alludes to the future in both economic and social terms



29/06/2012

The world today is more competitive than ever. We must train our young people, who are in close contact with a global world, to learn to work together, to organise themselves, to be ambitious and not to limit themselves, to foster social progress and to be able to fail and learn in the process.

This has been the mission of Junior Achievement Worldwide for decades. There are now over 10 million students in the world.

We are trying to involve the whole educational system to make the entire community aware of the need to create an entrepreneurial mentality in schools because it is an experience that will remain useful throughout life, whatever each young student does.

What happens when young people leave school or university and move on to the professional world? We have demonstrated that there are much lower school dropout rates among children who have received entrepreneurial training at school.

In infant education, 63% of children want to be entrepreneurs. This percentage is inverted as they grow. This trend needs to be reversed and to do so requires entrepreneurial motivation in any type of project.

We acknowledge the added value that an entrepreneurial education gives society in terms of better-trained young people, more employment opportunities, and greater income, which has a direct impact on the taxes collected by government, thus enabling it to invest more in education.

The key to the presence of entrepreneurial values throughout education is interdisciplinarity, which means it should not be taught separately as if it were a subject in itself.

To do this, all teachers must be trained, as they are the key multipliers. Students must also meet professionals, role models, and researchers, because it is they who will "validate" young people’s abilities when they start work.

Capabilities in science and technology must be combined with entrepreneurial skills throughout the education system.

The system should be open, collaborative, feature diversity in the decision-making process, and be healthily competitive in order to make the transition from school to work much more fluent.

Young people must be encouraged to become social entrepreneurs and to think about the potential impact of their actions on others. Creativity is parallel to the concept of creating value.

Any reference to entrepreneurial education alludes not only to human potential, but mainly also to the future, in both economic and social terms.

 

 

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