Entrepreneurship for Kids Program Encourages Entrepreneurship Education from an Early Age By Galit Zamler
Entrepreneurship for Kids Program - school enrichment program to teach entrepreneurial skills which are significant to the students' success in life.
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program 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 - Entrepreneurial skills and empowering students. This section includes lesson plans prepared for teachers for teaching and introducing the skills of the entrepreneur to young children to in an easy-going and fun fashion, while identifying the personal strengths of each and every 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 modules from the entrepreneurial world, as well as the process of developing initiatives within the school.
The program has been implemented since 2009 in many schools across Israel.
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is approved by the Israeli Ministry of Education and it appears in the approved programs stock of the Ministry of Education.
The recommendations on the program are available here.
Entrepreneurship education benefits
Entrepreneurship education encourages 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 the purpose of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program - as an enrichment program for schools - to encourage education for entrepreneurship from an early age. The program succeeds in imparting to the children in an enjoyable and fruitful manner these required skills.
I believe that entrepreneurship education should be carried out by teachers from the school staff because when teachers are being trained in entrepreneurial education, they also acquire skills that are important to everyone today ?to get them ready for future jobs, and they learn to identify the potential in each student, even those who are not outstanding at school.
Moreover, when the entire school staff undergoes a training course in entrepreneurship education, there is a change in the organizational culture of the school and it becomes an entrepreneurial culture 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, so we will be able to raise a generation of people who believe in themselves and their abilities, and aspire to make their mark in this world.
The entrepreneurship in schools
The entrepreneurship program for children and youth is the most common enrichment program among Israeli schools that encourage entrepreneurship education from an early age, and is taught in primary schools, junior high schools and high schools.
These are some of the logos of schools that implemented the program.
The program manages to teach entrepreneurial competencies to young students in a fun and enriching way.
This enrichment program is unique, experiential and the kids will remember it - it combines lectures, videos, examples of business life and the immediate environment of the students, presentations, activities, games, articles from the press, and the drive for thinking and getting answers.
This presentation tells us briefly about the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
These are the schools that teach the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program in Israel.
How do you implement the program in the school?
There are two options that you can combine/choose:
Classes of empowerment and exposure to entrepreneurial skills
Over 20 tutorials for experiential learning, ready-to-use for the elementary school. Each tutorial is about one skill of the entrepreneur.
The lesson plans can be obtained after a frontal training with Galit Zamler.
Entrepreneurship program and carrying out projects just like experienced entrepreneurs:
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program for fourth graders and above for learning individual-entrepreneurial skills and the whole entrepreneurial process that the adult entrepreneur undergone by.
The program is flexible, and includes over 20 modules from the entrepreneurs' world, starting with the first module deals with the question of who is an entrepreneur? Through identifying needs and problems, finding solutions, preparing 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 modules taught are professional and of a high standard, they are available 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 specifies the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The program is designed for the independent implementation of the school.
The school administration decides who among the school staff will guide the program and pass it on to students.
The chosen teacher/member of staff will hold a training meeting with Galit Zamler (this meeting can be over Skype), and at the end of the training session, they will get the structured module.
The school staff deploys the program among its students. When they are about to finish teaching the students a module, the school staff will receive training for another module, and so on until the program is complete.
As mentioned above, the structured lesson plans for the teachers includes presentations, videos, exercises, articles and more.
The ready to use Entrepreneurship for Kids lesson plans 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 get to actively participate 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, set and achieve goals, to be persuasive, to do a survey, to ask questions, to believe in themselves and their abilities, to be attentive to the environment, 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 social 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 a modular enrichment program for schools, which includes a wide range of modules from entrepreneurship to empowerment of the individual. All modules are delivered to students in their own language, in a fun and experiential way.
The variety of themes in the program include:
Entrepreneurship, vision, business plan, information gathering, 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 difficult 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 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 in schools, and who holds an M.B.A in Business Administration and a B.A in social sciences and business administration.
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