About Galit Zamler the Developer of Entrepreneurship for Kids™ Program
Galit Zamler is the creator and mastermind behind the Israeli Entrepreneurship for Kids (EFK) Program.
Galit is a business and social entrepreneur, the co-founder of Galiel3.14 Ltd. and of Vickathon - Virtual Visual Hackathons, an advisor and lecturer on entrepreneurship education, leads Hackathons and entrepreneurship workshops for both students and teachers. She graduated with an M.B.A in business administration and a B.A. in social sciences and business administration.
How did the idea of Entrepreneurship for Kids™ Program come about?
The idea of developing an entrepreneurship curriculum for students at school stemmed from the identification of the need to teach children entrepreneurial skills. Such skills will help them succeed in life in a dynamic world, in which we have to reinvent ourselves.
Galit understands that entrepreneurship is one of the essential growth engines of the economy in each country. The more children in each country will acquire these skills, the more the economy in those countries will evolve and thrive.
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program curates years of knowledge and experience in management and entrepreneurship that has been adapted for children in second grades and up.
Kids who have an entrepreneurial model at home are more likely to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. But most kids don't have such a model at home to emulate and study.
Galit believes that entrepreneurial competencies represent 21st-century skills. Learning these essential skills empowers children and encourages their success.
At first, Galit taught the program at her son's elementary school. It was a big success, and other school heard about it. Galit was invited to teach the students at that school entrepreneurial studies, and again, the program was declared to be particularly successful. (Read the reviews)
At that point, Galit decided that the program was a definite benefit to students. It was so effective that she rewrote the program in such a way that teachers can take the lesson plans and implement the entrepreneurship lessons by themselves.
The program combines content and concepts from the entrepreneurship and business field, visualization, and experiential aids such as examples, presentations, videos, activities, games, articles, stories, humor, and more. All of these elements of the program inspire students.
The program has been taught in Israel and abroad since 2009. Over the years, more and more schools have come to understand the importance of acquiring entrepreneurial skills and implemented the program.
Galit always makes sure that the content of the curriculum is relevant and actual so that students and the teachers find entrepreneurship studies exciting and fun to learn.
Galit Zamler writes about the EFK program activities also on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Watch a video in which Galit Zamler briefly talked about the story of the program to nurture student entrepreneurs:
Galit Zamler Answers the Question:
How do you know that the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is a success?
The numbers, responses, interest, and the demand, as listed below, prove again and again that the EFK program is a successful project.
- I started my occupation in education in entrepreneurship in 2009 in one school (Moreshet Moshe in Ramat Gan). Since then, dozens of schools have joined in teaching the program every year. In light of the expansion of the program, I understand that it succeeds.
- When customers who have introduced the program in their schools move to another school they often turn to me to introduce the program in the new schools. Tova Goldstein and Shlomit Shigelblat did just that. Returning customers show me that the program is excellent.
- When the same teachers teach the program year after year, that tells it is enjoyable and productive.
- Teachers and principles tell me that students eagerly wait for entrepreneurship classes. It makes me realize I've touched the students' hearts, sparked their interest in entrepreneurship, and helped them to express themselves adequately.
- Itay Shteinberg participated in the EFK course when he was a fifth-grader. He contacted me eight years later about an idea he had and asked me to consult. At that moment, I knew that my program meant a great deal to him.
- Yair Weizenhoiz participated in entrepreneurship lessons when he was a third-grader. He turned to me four years later and told me that he intended to present the project he developed in my course to his seventh-grade classmates. Yair asked me to watch him talking about his venture. It was much gratifying and provided more proof that the program has a high impact on children.
- The Hebrew Academy, a private school in the US, which gives its students advanced tools and programs, taught my entrepreneurship program. The school staff professed that it was an eye-opening program. They asked me to continue teaching the program a year later. That showed me that the program brings something different, innovative, and essential.
- King Solomon is a well-established private school in Israel that can afford any program they want. The school chose to teach my entrepreneurship program, and the teachers showed great appreciation for it. At that point, I knew my program upheld the highest standards.
- Teacher Lee Glick felt that wasn't progressing with the program modules because students were often having heated discussions about program topics. These discussions made me understand that the program excites the students. It encourages their involvement, which is more important than moving on with the study materials, especially when those same students asked the teacher the following year to continue teaching entrepreneurship.
- Teachers at A.D Gordon and Ramot Weizmann schools attended an institutional training about entrepreneurship education in schools. After the training, they wrote feedbacks greeting the significant contribution the course has on personal development and to their ability to teach students life skills. Such reviews show that I grant the teachers relevant knowledge and training for our evolving world. I realized that I helped them teach as well as to learn along with their students throughout the entrepreneurship program.
- There are schools that the students present the projects they have been working on all year. Usually, during such events, their parents tell me how much their kids have learned from the program. I learn from them that the values and skills that the students are learning are valuable and needed.
- Parents write me notes that the entrepreneurship studies have greatly benefited their children. Such letters (appearing on the recommendations page of the website) make me realize that I am doing something right.
- Companies from Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea have acquired licenses to distribute the program in their country. Beyond great pride, I understand that the program has become an international success.
- More and more schools mark the Global Entrepreneurship Week with my encouragement and help. For me, it's a great satisfaction.
- Teachers say students who participate in entrepreneurship classes are not eager to go to recess. The students prefer staying in class to ask questions and share their project ideas. It proves that entrepreneurship and the different aspects of it fascinate them.
- Teacher Michal Maman taught entrepreneurial lessons in one school. When she moved to another school, she asked to introduce the program there. For me, it is another indication that the program is unique and useful.
- When people from all over the world visit the program website and then show interest in how to implement it in their country, it shows that the program is innovative on an international level.
- A mother of a student who participated in the course when he was in the sixth-grade, contacted me eight years later. She asked if her daughter, who is in the seventh-grade, could join the entrepreneurship course. Her application made me understood that the program left a mark not only on the child, but on his family as well.
- Some schools are already entrepreneurial educators and implement many initiatives. When they contact me because they are interested in the process and depth that the program offers, then I know the program has a real added value. This value stems from the fact that I am an experienced entrepreneur who knows the world of entrepreneurship closely.
- Some teachers said that parents called them to find out 'what classes do their children study?'. They did so because the children came home and said that they enjoyed the entrepreneurship classes.
- When a government representative of India comes to Israel to meet with me and explains to me that they want to learn entrepreneurship education from Israel and that he is interested in implementing the EFK program in Indian schools, that is both a feeling of satisfaction and a sense of pride in the country.
Galit Zamler in a lecture to the delegation of educators from developing countries on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Galit Zamler in a Hackathon for teenagers at school
Galit Zamler as guest speaker on a panel of entrepreneurs at the College of Management
Galit Zamler speaking to a Birthright delegation
Galit Zamler lectures to teachers in the course "Initiating Teacher" at Wingate College
Galit Zamler at a lecture for graduate students at Ruppin College
Galit Zamler trains teachers on entrepreneurship education
Galit is talking with kids about entrepreneurship
Galit Zamler is leading a workshop for teachers on entrepreneurial and creative thinking.
You may contact Galit here.
- About the program
- Implementation in schools
- Israel - Startup Nation
- Experiences from the program
- Experiences from the program - part II
- Projects carried out by kids
- Projects carried out by kids - part II
- Children's ideas for projects
- Children's ideas for projects - part II
- The process of choosing ideas
- Project: T-shirt for any size
- Project: Dog adoption day
- Guest lecturers
- Hackathon events for students, teachers and school directors
- Virtual Hackathons
- Program content
- Wrote about us
- Global Entrepreneurship Week
- Schools map
- Contact us
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