January 2, 2018

Project

Due to its size, diversity and different degrees of development of various regions, Europe is constantly facing many changes and challenges, such as youth unemployment, insecurity, the rise of social inequalities and disengagement among youth and the influx of refugees.

Many young people are struggling to find jobs after completing their studies, experiencing poverty and facing social exclusion. Even though they have many opportunities, they often face insecurity about their future because of low basic skills and a low level of social participation. At the same time schools are not flexible enough to meet their needs and those of a rapidly changing and developing employment market. They often do not offer the adequate acquisition of skills that would help young people be more employable or help them gain skills to start businesses of their own.

As a result of this many schools are dealing with high early student dropout rates. Many students also do not know what they will really do after completing their formal education, they mostly see their roles as that of employees and not as ones who can have more control of their future using entrepreneurial initiative.

The schools working on this project are of different backgrounds with skills and experiences in diverse fields. However, we are all drawn to explore and implement the ideas and   potential that social innovation and entrepreneurship has to offer. The development of social entrepreneurship in schools is a way addressing the needs of our students, schools, communities and Europe. We see it as a means of increasing student employability, improving basic skills, enhancing their creativity and potential and their active involvement in community life. However, social innovation and entrepreneurship is not only a way of employment but also a means of realising innovative ideas and solutions to solve problems in our society, of advancing social inclusion of disadvantaged or marginalised groups of people, by contributing to community development in a new, creative and effective way.

We are convinced that both students, teachers and the wider community can benefit from this project. We want to share and implement innovative and efficient teaching methods, elaborate on ideas and practises helping to develop skills in the field of social entrepreneurship, promote social awareness and initiative of our students.  We also aim to to further develop their social and personal skills via interaction and cooperation activities in and international context. Using a collaborative and informal approach we want to make the learning/ teaching process more authentic and engaging for our students. Student ICT and foreign language skills will be developed as they are complementary to the entrepreneurial ideas. Students will be able to better face challanges of the modern world.
STUDENT NEEDS

-to increase basic skills and practical entrepreneurial skills

-to learn how to materialise their ideas of social enterprise in their communities

-develop key competencies that will benefit them in a permanently changing society

-increase motivation to be actively involved in their learning and world around them

-to develop student self-confidence which will help them find their role in society

-to improve teamwork, collaboration and interpersonal communication skills in an international context

-develop and improve ICT and language skills

-to experience other educational and cultural environments and benefit from the European diversity

TEACHER NEEDS

-find oportunities to develop professionally

-have a learning platform with educational resources and new tools for creating a student-supportive learning environment

-development of new skills and teaching methods by means of exchanging experience and ideas

-to develop opportunities for non-formal learning experiences to make lesson and school more authentic and engaging, thus help tackle and reduce early school leaving trends

-better use of ICT technology for teaching

-tackling low achievement/ basic skills using more effective and non-formal teaching methods

-to gain new experience in intercultural education and broaden their horizons through European collaboration and exchange of good practices

-to develop language, social and managerial competences

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY NEEDS

-develop new teaching methods to lower early school leaving and student engagement

-to develop and strengthen international cooperation and closer links between school communities across Europe

-promote active teaching and learning, informal methods that promote initiative and social inclusion of youths

-make social enterprise a career option for their students

-to attract local authorities and the business environment to youth activities and projects that bring innovative solution to the community

-to integrate disadvantaged or marginalised social groups