Entrepreneurship: the skills needed for life in rapidly changing conditions

Entrepreneurship is a set of skills needed for life in rapidly changing conditions in the civic, professional, and personal spheres. It includes, for example, cultivating self-confidence, gaining awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, strengthening the will and courage to take healthy risks, developing ethical principles, or an awareness of responsibility and social compassion.
According to the European Framework of Reference for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, entrepreneurship competence refers to the capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas, and to transform them into values for others. 

Entrepreneurship education

Entrepreneurship education is a prerequisite for the professional employment of school graduates, their active involvement in society and easier management of personal and family life. It connects education with practical life, removes the boundaries between education, work, and the active citizen. It teaches general skills that can be applied across all disciplines and areas of life (also known as soft skills).

Read more about entrepreneurship education in the comprehensive concept Development Continuum of Key Entrepreneurship Competence and in the document Recommendations for School Principals to Support Entrepreneurship Education.

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What does entrepreneurship bring to students?

  • increased competitiveness on a dynamic labour market
  • strengthened self-knowledge, self-confidence, internal motivation, and active self-management
  • the ability to make decisions and take responsibility for them
  • support for the application of business ideas in conjunction with teaching
  • internal motivation for self-employment, self-education, and lifelong learning
  • prerequisites for easier management of personal and family life
  • skills such as teamwork, discussion, accepting criticism and other opinions, as well as reaching compromises
  • internal motivation to actively solve problems
  • knowledge of the principles of ethical behaviour and their inclusion in the student’s own scale of values and their respect for personal attitudes

What does entrepreneurship bring to the school?

  • good PR and increased prestige of the school - the entrepreneurship of students is a clear, concrete, and verifiable “product” of the educational institution
  • authenticity, i.e., a factual connection between education and everyday life
  • easier implementation of project teaching and interdisciplinary interconnection of educational themes
  • increased interest of new study applicants
  • sharing of various activities and experiences between secondary school pupils and primary school pupils, and between the public, parents, high school graduates, and companies in connection with the labour market (seminars, markets, workshops…)
  • the possible use of financial support for entrepreneurship development and the performance of development projects involving pupils and the community

What does it bring to teachers?

  • increased motivation and personal creativity
  • greater courage to innovate in teaching
  • openness to formative evaluation
  • confidence in the planning and implementation of project teaching
  • linking of content subjects with cross-sectional competencies
  • connection between teaching and reality

What does it bring to the community or society in general?

  • it establishes strong relationships between the school and the community, companies, employers, and the authorities in the vicinity of the school
  • prerequisites for the active involvement of school graduates in the life of society
  • internal motivation of school graduates to be involved in the place where they live, such as involvement in politics, volunteering, environmental issues, leisure, or school activities
  • reduced socio-economic impacts on education - foreign sources show that entrepreneurship has the greatest benefit for children from disadvantaged backgrounds

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