Entrepreneurship in secondary schools

We prepared a three-year project: “Entrepreneurship in Secondary Schools”, to be carried out by 5 countries: Finland, France, Greece, Italy, and Poland.

The main aim of the project is to foster employability of our students by teaching them entrepreneurial attitude and developing their entrepreneurial spirit, which will consequently enable us to have more entrepreneurs in our society in the near future.

We will combine formal and non-formal education in order to strengthen and valorise young people’s skills, to empower their competences and above all their self-confidence so that they can manage their lives successfully in the future.

We are planning to involve approximately 40 teachers and 300 students directly in the project. We will also involve local industries, non-profit organizations and municipalities.

All the involved participants will work on the project by using different virtual means of communication (eTwinning, Facebook, Google Drive, emails, Skype) as well as direct meetings (short-term and long-term blended mobilities).

The project mobilities will be organised as follows:

  • 4 transnational meetings (2 teachers from each school): 1 meeting each autumn to prepare, plan and coordinate the blended mobilities and other project work involving the students and 1 final meeting at the end of the project to evaluate it, plan the report and discuss the future cooperation between the partners,
  • 6 short-term blended mobilities (teachers and students from three countries whereas the other two countries will take a virtual part in them) where the students will present the work they have done on a given topic and compare the results,
  • 2 long-term blended mobilities (4 students from each school) which will enable the students to live and learn in a different environment for 1 month. During the mobilities the students will have to face the difficulties which may arise because of the different culture and language, which will force them to overwhelm fears and problems. This will build up their confidence in the view of future choices. This kind of mobility will encourage the teachers from the hosting schools teaching other subjects, different from English, to follow CLIL methodology (using the language of the project) as an innovative approach in their teaching methods.

Through the activities planned in our project and cooperation with people from different countries, the students will develop their personal, interpersonal and self-management skills, which will consequently enable them to meet the challenges of the labour market.

Expected results:

Personal skills : increased confidence and self-esteem , self-awareness (personal and social), readiness to take on new and more diverse experiences

Interpersonal skills: improved teamwork , increased communication, improved pro-social behaviour, more open to people from diverse backgrounds, positive peer relationships, enhanced leadership

Self-management skills: motivation, commitment, resilience, increased life skills, critical thinking skills, planning, decision making, developed and focused career aspirations.

The project will also be beneficial for the teachers, who will increase their professional development through the exchange of new ideas and incorporating other educational systems, teaching models and new technologies in their classes.