How do you teach children about entrepreneurship

Can entrepreneurship be learned?

Simone Baldassari, responsible for entrepreneurship training in the Entrepreneurship DG of European Commission, said Europe needs a shift in attitudes to encourage people to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

“We agree that entrepreneurship is about more than starting a new company. We need to completely change the way we teach elementary school students. "

Still, he said that does not necessarily mean introducing a subject called "entrepreneurship". "We could introduce a new way of thinking in all subjects." He added that teachers should develop into trainers or facilitators.

Baldassari suggested that some schools or universities should get permission to use a special entrepreneurship label if they can prove they have a track record of entrepreneurship.

Jeroen Meens, Owner of Cynex, a financial services and management consultancy firm, said the school system does not always reward people who are interested in using their own initiative. He said he didn't go to school for six months as a teenager and used the time to make business contacts.

The experience helped him see the value of learning when he returned to school as it made some subjects seem more relevant than before.

“At school you get lessons and then you take a test. In life you take a test and then you get lessons. ”He added that people outside the education system, like entrepreneurs, play a key role in reforming the system.

Lorenzo Mule Stagno, a Maltese translator and former teacher, said people need to learn that making money is a good thing. He said that wealth is one of the motivations for entrepreneurs and that this should not be ignored.

Stagno, a former instructor, said teachers are under a lot of pressure and don't always have the time to allow their students to take the initiative or be creative. He was also critical of the teachers who ask students to write a creative essay and then find fault with the poor spelling.

Madi Sharmafrom European Economic and Social Committee said education needs to become more relevant to young people. A whole generation of people are leaving school without the qualifications that matter to the world of work.

Sharma also said that curricula are written by civil servants who typically have no business experience. She said that India, Brazil, China and other Europe are ahead of Europe when it comes to tapping young potential entrepreneurs and that the West will fall behind emerging economies if it does not change its course of action.

Catie Thorburn, President of Generation Europe Foundation, said it was possible to teach entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship could be stimulated and people could gain more power as a result. Teachers could become a central part of this process, if given the resources and support to play an active role.

Ana Bovan, President of the Central European Development Forum, said the media had a central role to play in communicating with the public about entrepreneurship. “Social networking media are of particular importance for young people. You are always online instead of reading the newspaper or watching TV. We also need to study how we can influence children through the Internet. "

In his response to a post on Blogactiv said Piotr Pogorzelski from Eureka networkthat the question is whether you can teach something theoretically "that is applied in a very practical way".

"The French word 'entreprendre' contains the idea of ​​'proceeding', 'tackling something' or 'starting a task'. Many initiatives have been started over the last year to teach subjects related to entrepreneurship, especially in the sphere of European stakeholders. Many of these initiatives involve practical action at some point. "

In response to a question from EURACTIV staff to the official SME Weeks group on LinkedIn, said Fernando Garcia Finat from Smecytes project, that entrepreneurship can be learned and called for better funding for companies that produce digital content.

Marco Benazziof Zero Mobile in Rome said there was an entrepreneur in all of us.

“You can build a company or a career with the same resources and method if you want to be successful. Classes are possible and should be compulsory so that people can better understand and choose. Professional teachers can co-teach the subject with entrepreneurs and business leaders and compare methods and practice with real or simulated cases. It will be a very quick and concrete way of learning. "

Erik Lauwers, a Trainer in cooperation, believes that entrepreneurship is a set of behavior patterns and that these can be learned.

“Complex behavior requires skill and competence. These can be learned. The belief and value system that support the 'entrepreneurial reflex' can be learned and less taught. I believe that entrepreneurship and its values ​​can be developed through training and education (as in parenting) rather than teaching, ”he said on the LinkedIn discussion. Lauwers said that teaching skills are a waste of time unless you also pay attention to the value system and beliefs that make the person want to do so.

“You wouldn't try to train your child in a sport that they don't like and that doesn't find it worthwhile. Although one can change beliefs by training certain behaviors, it is more efficient to work on the values ​​and belief system first. ”It is important to identify what entrepreneurship means and which values ​​underlie it.

“In addition to knowledge transfer, we also have to transfer values ​​and beliefs - train people. 'Teach them' that knowledge is only important on a TV quiz show if you don't use it to create something bigger. "

Aled Finniear, General Manager of Park Place Research, said much can be learned, but implementation requires the convergence of many other factors. How we deal with risks is another key element.

“Living conditions, access to finance, knowledge, networks, support, ambition, visions, training and opportunity are important elements. Risk is a key element and everyone has different views of risk. Risk-taking or aversion is a factor that changes throughout life, depending on the circumstances, and risk for one is an opportunity for another. "

Finniear said it was possible to be an entrepreneur without taking risks, but most successful entrepreneurs reached their position because they took risks, although sometimes doing so could lead to failure.

"It is important not to over-encourage someone who may ultimately fail, and for most this must be a personal choice, knowing and accepting and taking responsibility for the potential risks."