The short video below describes the program in a nutshell:
Benefits of Entrepreneurial Education
According to Galit Zamler, entrepreneurship education means imparting knowledge and developing competencies and skills required for success in the 21st century. This should be done in a supporting and encouraging environment from an early age, while experimenting with an entrepreneurial process.
Entrepreneurship education has many benefits. Skills learned in this entrepreneurship curriculum for kids have been known to benefit students throughout their school careers and beyond.
Education for entrepreneurship fosters independent and positive thinking, helps students to identify opportunities, and encourages students to have faith in themselves and their abilities. Furthermore, learning about entrepreneurship shows students how important it is to define their goals, to take responsibility, to be creative, to persevere until they succeed, and much more!
The above is the purpose of the Israeli EFK program as a school enrichment course - to encourage entrepreneurship education from an early age.
The program succeeds in imparting vital entrepreneurial skills to children in an enjoyable and fruitful way.
Galit Zamler, who developed the program, believes that entrepreneurship education should be carried out by teachers who are already employed by schools.
When teachers undergo entrepreneurship training, they acquire skills that are important to have in today's rapidly changing world.
Teachers' development in entrepreneurship education helps them and the education system to be relevant to students and prepares them to participate and even be leaders as adults in the real world.
Additionally, entrepreneurship studies help teachers to identify the potential of each student, including those students who do not excel at school. When a teacher recognizes the capability of a student, he/she treats the student positively, cultivates his/her abilities, and believes in him/her. As Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once said, "All a child needs is one adult who believes in him."
Moreover, when an entire school staff undergoes a training course in entrepreneurship education, the organizational culture of that school changes. The school develops an entrepreneurial culture that, with all of its advantages, enables students and the staff to dream up and accomplish goals.
Galit Zamler wrote the program modules in a well-ordered and clear form, ready for immediate implementation. And yet, Galit makes sure to provide frontal training to the teachers before they get the modules. This method has proven itself since the frontal training allows Galit to deliver the entrepreneurial spirit that's behind the words and the presentations to the teachers.
Entrepreneurial skills are relevant to each of our children and can be vital in helping them succeed in life. Children can acquire these skills at an early age. The sooner we expose children to entrepreneurship education, the better. We will be able to raise a generation of people who believe in themselves and who aspire to leave their mark on the world and make it a better place.
Galit took the variety of topics in the program from the entrepreneur's world. The children learn all the steps the entrepreneur goes through from concept to success. This way, the program instills in children the understanding that each is special in his/her style and can succeed.
Teaching Children About Entrepreneurship at School
EFK is the most popular enrichment program among Israeli schools that nurtures entrepreneurial mindset from an early age. Primary schools, middle schools, and high schools teach the program.
Below are logos that represent some of the schools that have so far taught the EFK program:
And here, countries around the world that have taught the EFK program:
The program teaches entrepreneurial competencies in a fun way that enriches students.
This innovative program is unique and experiential. Kids will definitely remember it. It combines lectures, videos, real examples from mature entrepreneurs' lives and from the children's everyday surroundings. Educators use presentations, games, and other activities that create a drive within students to think critically and look for answers to problems in the world.
This presentation briefly describes the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
Who Can Apply for the Program?
Schools that have teachers with entrepreneurial spirits and who are passionate about entrepreneurship education can apply.
Private companies or government organizations that want to implement the program in their state, and who can spread it in many schools and reach many children.
The Program Outline:
The program is modular and exposes students to the fascinating entrepreneurship world while empowering each of them as individuals.
All subjects are delivered in a fun, experiential way and in language that students can understand.
The program includes a variety of topics such as:
Different types of ventures, vision, business plan, data collection and analysis, program marketing, innovation, creativity, setting up a company, intellectual property, brainstorming, budget, negotiation, product life-cycle, smart consumerism, teamwork, concepts from the business world, humor and optimism, making challenging opportunities work, public speaking, online marketing, event production, PR versus advertising, business intelligence, the art of persuasion, and social entrepreneurship.
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The Program Developer:
The entrepreneurial education program was developed in Israel as an educational project by Galit Zamler, who is a business and social entrepreneur, a lecturer on entrepreneurship, and a consultant on entrepreneurship education in schools. Galit holds an M.B.A in Business Administration and a B.A in Social Sciences and Business Administration.
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Schools From All Over Israel Have Taught the Program:
As someone who encourages entrepreneurship education from an early age in schools, and understands its high impact on the future of each and everyone, Galit Zamler is curious to know why there are schools that do not expose students to entrepreneurship.
As of now, in light of conversations with school directors, teachers and parents, Galit found nine reasons:
1. Lack of Awareness
Directors and teachers understand that students need to be prepared for life, but are not aware that through entrepreneurial studies that combine imparting knowledge, empowerment, experience, and mentoring, they can meet this need, so learning is also exciting and meaningful.
2. Lack of Knowledge
Sometimes, there is a willingness to teach students entrepreneurship classes, and even the school assigns it a weekly hour in the curriculum, but there are no training and guidance for teachers. In this situation, each teacher has to reinvent the wheel to the best of his/her understanding, and the teachers do not always know what to teach and how. When the study materials are well-prepared and well-written for the teachers, they undergo a short and focused tutorial, which allows them to enter the classroom and teach entrepreneurship with confidence.
3. Concern About the Subject
To teach entrepreneurship, teachers should be willing to get out of their comfort zone, allow students to be creative, imagine, and come up with ideas on subjects they are not always experts in. This exposes the teacher to his students as not knowing everything. There are teachers who fear this situation, although there is no reason to worry. We are not supposed to understand every topic that interests the students, but we are able to help them evolve in directions that interest them.
4. Fear of Technology
Israel is considered one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, mainly due to its innovative technological developments, and non-technological teachers are concerned with the need for technical knowledge that they do not have. In fact, entrepreneurship can be in many areas and is not just high-tech. Entrepreneurship can be social, organizational, scientific, environmental, political, etc. Any teacher can take the subject of entrepreneurship to a discipline close to his/her heart. And in general, the idea with entrepreneurship education is to develop a wide range of skills that will help students succeed in any field they choose.
5. A Disappointing Experience
Directors and teachers who have had a disappointing experience in implementing entrepreneurship studies at the school are reluctant to do so again. But today there is a wide range of opportunities to teach entrepreneurship, and every school can find the right program for it. The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is one of them.
6. Lack of Budget
While entrepreneurship studies are considered to be a relevant and up-to-date topic, it is not necessarily one that involves high costs. Especially if the teachers of the school are the ones who teach the students, and not external tutors. Also, reaching the students' parents and asking for their support as guest entrepreneurs and as experts in their field, can enrich student learning and contribute to parents' relationships with the school.
7. A Hesitation From a Subject That is Perceived as Immoral
There are schools that are reluctant to find themselves encouraging projects where the entire purpose is doing business, while they see their role as an educational-value institution. Well, as mentioned earlier, entrepreneurship is first and foremost a process of imparting skills, and school staff decide what to focus on. So, it can also be social and ethical initiatives that contribute to society and the environment without financial gain.
8. Lack of Time
A reason that is repeated in many schools is the lack of time because the school should be able to teach the curriculum set by the Ministry of Education. The priorities are up to school management considerations. School directors who want and understand the importance of preparing students for the future know how to find the time.
9. The School Teaches Using the PBL Method
One of the elements of the entrepreneurial process that students go through is the realization of an idea for an initiative/project. The PBL method, project-based learning, also incorporates a project. There are other common factors, but the emphasis of entrepreneurship education, as mentioned here several times, is mainly on the skills that students acquire in the process. The initiative and project are part of the experience, but they are not the main issue.