Entrepreneurship for Kids Program for Teaching Entrepreneurial Studies in Schools By Galit Zamler
This Entrepreneurship for Kids Program (EFK) is an Israeli enrichment program for schools for teaching entrepreneurial studies from an early age, in order to teach children entrepreneurial skills which are essential for success in life.
The EFK was developed as an educational project, which aims to increase access to entrepreneurship education in the K-12 system.
The program consists of two parts of your choice:
Part One - Deals with entrepreneurial skills and student empowerment. This section includes lesson plans prepared for teachers for teaching and introducing the skills of the entrepreneur to young children in an easy-going and fun fashion, while identifying and fostering the personal strengths of each student.
Part Two - Entrepreneurship for Kids Program for students in the 4th grade and above. The program includes ready-to-teach modules with a wide range of topics from the entrepreneurial path, as well as the process of developing initiatives within the school.
The program has been taught since 2009 in many schools across Israel and from-2017 also in the United States.
The Israeli Ministry of Education approves the EFK and it appears in its approved programs stock.
Reviews and recommendations on the program are available here.
A short video that tells about the program in a nutshell
Entrepreneurship education benefits
Education for entrepreneurship fosters independent and positive thinking, identifying opportunities, having faith in yourself and your abilities, defining goals and objectives and persevering until they're achieved, taking responsibility, creativity, and more.
This is our purpose when teaching entrepreneurship to kids from an early age within the school.
The program succeeds in imparting to the children enjoyably and fruitfully such key skills.
Galit Zamler, who developed the program, believes that entrepreneurship education should be carried out by teachers from the school staff because when teachers are being trained in entrepreneurship, they also acquire skills that are important to everyone today in a world where things change rapidly. Additionally, they learn to identify the potential in each student, even in those who are not outstanding at school. When a teacher identifies the potential of a student, he treats the student positively, cultivates his abilities, and believes in him. As it was said, "all a child needs is one adult who believes in him" (Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach).
Moreover, when the entire school staff undergoes a training course in entrepreneurship education, the organizational culture of the school changes, and it becomes an entrepreneurial culture, that enables the children and the staff to dream and fulfill, with all its advantages.
The skills of the entrepreneur are important for success in life, and are relevant to each of our children. These skills can be acquired at an early age, and the sooner we expose kids to entrepreneurship education, the better we will be able to raise a generation of people who believe in themselves and in their abilities and who aspire to make their mark in the world.
Teaching children about entrepreneurship at school
This entrepreneurship program for children and youth is the most common enrichment program among Israeli schools that nurtures entrepreneurial mindset from an early age and is taught in primary schools, junior high schools and high schools.
These are some of the schools' logos that have taught the program:
The program manages to teach entrepreneurial competencies to young students in a fun and enriching way.
This innovative program is unique, experiential and the kids will remember it. It combines lectures, videos, real examples from mature entrepreneurs' life and from the children's immediate surroundings, presentations, activities, games, articles from the press, and the drive for critical thinking and getting answers.
This presentation briefly describes the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
Schools from all over Israel have taught the program so far:
How can you implement the program in your school?
There are two options that you can combine/choose:
1. Empowerment lessons based on the entrepreneur's skills
An annual program of over 20 lesson plans ready for teaching young students in an experiential way, tailored for elementary schools. Each lesson plan deals with one skill of the entrepreneur.
Through this learning process, students learn to identify their strengths and capabilities of their classmates, to believe in themselves and in their ability to succeed.
The lesson plans which include activities, questions, and videos can be obtained after frontal training with Galit Zamler.
2. Entrepreneurship program and carrying out projects just like experienced entrepreneurs:
The entrepreneurship program for young students in graders fourth and above for learning the entrepreneurs' skills and competences and the whole entrepreneurial process which the adult entrepreneur undergoes by.
The program is flexible, and includes over 20 modules from the entrepreneurs' arena, starting with the first module that deals with the question of who is an entrepreneur? Through identifying needs and problems, thinking of solutions, collecting and analyzing relevant information, making models and developing actual projects, up to preparing a business and marketing plan, presenting the ideas for projects to an audience, and more.
The modules are chosen from a wide range of modules on the program by the school administration and in consultation with Galit Zamler.
Although the topics taught are professional and of a high standard, they are served to students and teachers in the language that is understood to them, with emphasis on pleasure, experiential learning and values such as tolerance, listening to others, honesty, etc.
The program combines a guest entrepreneur's lecture and celebrates the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The program is designed for an independent implementation of the school; The school administration decides who among the school staff will guide the program and pass it on to the students.
The chosen teacher/member of staff will hold an online training session with Galit Zamler, the program developer, and at the end will get the digital files of the module.
The school staff deploys the program among its students. When they are about to finish teaching the module, the school staff will schedule another training session for the next module, and so on until the program is complete.
As mentioned above, the structured lesson plans for the teachers include presentations, videos, activities, articles and more.
The ready to use modules of the entrepreneurship program for kids are delivered after training to ensure the successful implementation of the curricula.
When the full program is implemented, the young entrepreneurs are going through the same process that a mature entrepreneur goes through; they identify needs and opportunities, define a target audience, write a business and marketing plan, and set up their own project.
The added value for students:
This program is infinitely valuable for young students.
They take an active part in planning and establishing a project that stems from their own ideas.
It's a challenging experience for the kids (sometimes for the teachers too), and teaches them to plan, to set and achieve goals, to be persuasive, to do a survey and analyze the data, to ask questions, to believe in themselves and in their abilities, to be attentive to the surroundings, to be tolerant of the needs of the other and different and practice public speaking.
It also helps them learn how to perform financial calculations, be wise consumers, identify opportunities, solve problems, be creative and work as part of a teamwork.
This program will develop their interpersonal skills, independent and positive thinking, and much more.
Who can apply for the program?
Schools that have teachers with entrepreneurial spirits, and who care about entrepreneurship education.
The program outline:
The program is modular and exposes the students to the entrepreneur's content worlds and empowers each of them as an individual.
All subjects are delivered to students in their own language and in a fun and experiential way.
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 lifecycle, smart consumerism, teamwork, concepts from the business world, humor and optimism, making difficult opportunities work, public speaking, online marketing, event production, PR versus advertising, business intelligence, the art of persuasion, and social entrepreneurship.
Read also: recommendations, thanks and opinions on the program.
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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