Children should not be afraid of making mistakes. Instead, mistakes should become opportunities for growth and children should be driven by the desire to create positive change. Entrepreneurial education, an integrated approach that ensures both the learning of basic school subjects and the development of an exit profile, can be a motor to teach children how to take meaningful risks in order to find innovative solutions to real-life problems. By using entrepreneurship as a learning tool, schools can team up with partners in the community to make children aware that they are changemakers.
Never underestimate the potential of a child!
Today, as the Communication and Program Development Coordinator for Idea entrepreneurial education, I work together with educators to provide them with tools so that they can, in turn, implement the pedagogical and educational approach in conscious entrepreneurship.
With this approach, students learn to become more innovative in order to build their lives responsibly and autonomously, while being conscious of their impact on themselves, their human environment and nature. Teachers become coaches of a process initiated by students, who carry out entrepreneurial projects (real-life event, service or product) that respond to a need in the school or the community.
In the schools that we work with, we’ve seen elementary students in a disadvantaged neighbourhood create and manage their own toy library so that every kid could borrow tows and bring them home to play with. We’ve also seen students in a vocational school conceive a playground seesaw that pumps water, and travel all the way to Bangladesh to install it in a village that did not have direct access to water.
Those are just a few examples to illustrate the potential of conscious entrepreneurial education. I invite you to follow us on Facebook or to subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to know more about what we do.
The number of educators who believe in the importance of empowering children through conscious entrepreneurial education is growing. Today, we have a network of 150 entrepreneurial schools across Canada, Belgium, Morocco, Benin and Ivory Coast. We also organize several events that aim at mobilizing, inspiring and fostering collaboration. In October 2019, we will be gathering more than 300 educators for the second edition of our Congrès automnal en éducation entrepreneuriale consciente.
We believe each school has the potential to change the world and we help educators transform their dreams into reality. Together, we hope to nurture curious, resilient, and purpose-driven young people who are unafraid to take risks in the interest of making positive change.