Experiences from the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program Part II By Galit Zamler
Many Experiences as Part of the EFK
This page describes many more experiences of students participating in the Entrepreneurship for Kids (EFK) Program in Israel and around the world. This is the second page that describes the experiences from the entrepreneurship program.
This page was created after Google warned that the first page "Experiences from the program" was loading slowly because it had too much content and in light of the accumulation of many other events and experiences that we want to share with you.
It is suggested that you visit both pages, as both are updated frequently. If you have not yet visited the Kids Initiate page and the Children's Projects page, then it is recommended to visit them, too. You will be impressed by the great work of the young entrepreneurs.
Training the staff from Vietnam
The leading team from Vietnam Mr. Bui Do Nguyen, Mr. Nguyen Phuong Nam, and Mrs. Chau Buu Hoa came to Israel for training sessions in order to implement the EFK Program in Vietnam.
Alongside the enjoyment of learning, the team was impressed by the knowledge and methodology that Galit Zamler developed to teach children from an early age entrepreneurial skills.
It seems that when it comes to skills that are vital for success in life, in a world that becomes one global village, the same skills are required as both in Israel and in Vietnam.
The team defined his arrival to Israel as a journey to bring knowledge to Vietnam, in order to promote the children's strengths and dreams.
During the training, one of the team members said: "The program is defined as an entrepreneurship program for children, but I find it suitable for both business owners and me personally".
Preparation For End of Year Event
Students from "Yizhak Navon" school learned this year entrepreneurship lessons as part of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program and are currently preparing for an event that will be held at the end of the year, during which they will present to their parents the process they have gone through.
Galit Zamler held two meetings with third, fourth and fifth graders, in which the children presented their ideas for projects some social, and some based on inventions.
The children were interested and asked about the subject of copyright, so we expanded and talked about trademarks as well. The children knew the symbols, but not their meaning.
Third graders planned their initiative into the details, including defining uniqueness and differentiation, when the ultimate goal is to purchase tents for the homeless.
At the end of the project, Galit wrote: "One of the things I teach the kids about is Storytelling, which is based on the question, 'How was the idea born?'. Sometimes, they don't remember because their idea has gone through multiple changes, and sometimes they know immediately such as the group that thought about an advanced wheelchair - an idea that was conceived after a student sat on his grandmother's friend's wheelchair and realized how difficult it was to move it.
The open attitude and creativity in the classrooms allowed students to come up with more ideas throughout the meetings, and that in itself is a great experience."
The teachers who were present at these meetings indicate that they would be happy to have more of such mentoring sessions.
A Session With 4th Grade Students
Students in a fourth-grade classroom in "A. D. Gordon" school presented their project ideas, social initiatives, and inventions to Galit.
Galit listened to the students and gave them feedback that will advance them towards optimal implementation.
* One group reported about a social initiative that was already carried out: around Tu Bishvat, they collected, dried fruit, sorted them, packaged them in little baggies, and tied them all together with a nice ribbon and a pretty "Happy Holiday" sticker. Then, the social entrepreneurs invited a representative of soldiers from Be'er Sheva, who distributed the bags to the soldiers.
* Another group is leading social activity of the class: the whole class will go to a Chrysanthemum picking field, make bouquets and write greeting cards for elderly people. The bouquets, along with the cards, will then be distributed amongst a group of elderly folks in a nursery home. The class's dance group then will dance in front of the elderly. The goal of this initiative is to bring joy to the elderly.
* One group thought about selling healthy foods, and the proceeds from that will be given to a shelter for dogs, which the kids researched and found information on.
* An additional group came up with an idea for a unique hot air balloon. The students will sketch up a blueprint and make a model.
* One more social initiative that came up in the classroom: collecting clean shirts that are in a wearable state, and printing on them. The kids have a special printer for clothes. The up-cycled shirts will then be donated to the needy. The students realized that they have an ideal opportunity to collect shirts around the Passover holiday when people are cleaning out their homes and clearing out clothes that they don't need anymore.
Meeting with second graders
Galit Zamler had been invited to a meetup with the second graders of "Mordei Hagetaot" school in Ramat Gan which left her ecstatic for the day.
The students, lead by the teacher Mirav Zar Tobiana, through the "Design For Change" project, brought up problems that bother them in school.
It was heartwarming to see that what bothered these young students the most, was that the security guard's hut in the school's entrance, is far away from the gate and that's why "in the winter he gets wet, and in the summer his face gets red".
The children brought up ideas to solve the problem, and even drew their suggestions to embody the solutions.
Galit Zamler came to see how the children can progress from that stage and to give the students the confidence that they can create change and improve the security guard's work conditions despite them being so young.
Galit summed the meeting: "We are filled with happiness that children so young know such empathy".
A lecture to Ramat Gan residents
A lecture by Galit Zamler to Ramat Gan residents on the importance of education for entrepreneurship in Israel.
Galit told about Israel's status in the world as an innovative and entrepreneurial country, about cultural and social characteristics that contribute to Israel's leadership in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation, in contrast to Israel's position in the field of entrepreneurship education, why is the education for entrepreneurship important and how can it be done the right way?
The audience was diverse, asked questions and showed interest.
Enriching parent day based on entrepreneurship
In the school "Yizhak Navon" in Shoham, managed by Vered Biali, an "Enriching parent day" was held.
A person who organizes such events is aware of the difficulty to recruit volunteering parents, but the school, who participates this year in an institutional course in the field of entrepreneurship education, defined the day around entrepreneurship.
The result: many parents felt connected to the entrepreneurship topic and came to lecture the students, and guided workshops to enrich the students on fields such as: recycling, product preparation, buying and selling, notebook design for project ideas, inspiring stories about inventions, personal entrepreneurship - event producing, business entrepreneurship - medical products, social entrepreneurship, tools to succeed in life, the Israeli Iron Dome project, innovative entrepreneurship and product development, the state of Israel as an entrepreneurial nation, social entrepreneurship, making dreams come true and innovation in the medical field.
The students learned about Israel being a leading country in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation in the world, they brought up skills that they believe characterize entrepreneurs, played a trivia game, and watched a video that made them think about how much they act on a daily basis as a result of peer pressure, and how much they use critical judgement.
At the end of the lecture the students delivered the following letter of gratitude:
"A gratitude letter to the dear Galit Zamler.
We would like to thank you for devoting your time to enrich our knowledge and for giving us a taste of your wide world.
Your lecture was interesting and made us all intrigued by the wonderful world of entrepreneurship.
We are certain that your work is interesting and full of adventure, and some of us even hope to be like you in the future.
In great thanks and appreciation,
The students of the 6th grade and the teachers"
An institutional training course, which includes workshops
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is also taught to teachers as an institutional training course.
As part of the process of training teachers to teach the program, the teachers take an active part in studying, which includes workshops, discussions, personal expression, and joy.
The advantage of this process is that the teachers experience the entrepreneurship lessons that later they will teach the students in the classrooms.
Following are photos from training course meetings:
Lecture on social entrepreneurship
The "Be'Shvil" program of the Jerusalem Volunteer Association prepares students for their social volunteering and accompanies them in their first year of social volunteering in 10th grade.
Galit Zamler was invited by the program to meet 9th graders at the "Boyar" High School in Jerusalem, where she told them about social entrepreneurship, the process of turning an idea into an actual plan, and about the fact that even though they are only 9th graders, they can create and initiate a meaningful social activity.
Creative thinking at Hackathon
The Holon Municipality held the "Hackathon" event with the participation of principals, teachers, parents and students.
Galit Zamler was invited to give a lecture on creative thinking.
The lecture combined experiential activity with the audience, made the participants think outside the box, and prepared them for openness in the process of raising ideas during the Hackathon.
Exposure to the entrepreneurial world
Sixth graders at the "Yisgav" school in Tel Aviv are in the middle of entrepreneurship lessons.
Galit Zamler came as a guest lecturer and gave the students exposure to the entrepreneurial world.
Eventually the children came out with the feeling that they can be also entrepreneurs.
In the picture, the students participate in an exercise of exiting the frame.
A delegation from developing countries visits the Bachar School
Bachar School in Even Yehuda, led by Eti Hudida, hosted a delegation of leading educators from developing countries and guests of the ministry of foreign affairs at Ofri Center with the goal of learning how the school teaches entrepreneurship.
The visit undoubtedly inspired members of the delegation and encouraged them to apply at least some of the teachings in their countries.
Head of the Even Yehuda council, Mr. Avi Harari, head of the Education Department in Even Yehuda, Dr. Shay Prochtmann, and Yossi Michal, supervisor of Student RIghts in the Ministry of Education, joined the visit as well.
The preparations for the visit, the visit itself, and the feedback received from the delegation enabled the school staff to understand that their work is unique, meaningful, and has earned many achievements
Following the visit, teacher, Michal Senior noted: "This is one of the most exciting days in Bachar school. I was happy to see the students as full partners in all the educational activities. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about the children's organization that the students developed and how they took a leadership role."
Ariel Segala, from the Ofri Center, thanked the school in a letter:
"Our delegators were greatly impressed with the school, and with it's working model, from the various pedagogic and educative models and the way that 21st-century traits are taught and developed from a young age.
The delegators were impressed greatly from the entrepreneurship and innovative processes that occur in a very successful and holistic manner in the school.
The delegators wished to say thank you for the amazing reception, the warm welcome, and your educational professionalism.
Your work is an example of human, ethical and professional work that nurtures and develops a meaningful, innovative and relevant education that meets the needs of every child.
In the name of the Ofri center, the center for international cooperation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I wish to thank you all sincerely.
We wish you all the best"
A presentation summarizing the visit:
At the end of the visit, the delegation members took part in a workshop about the importance of entrepreneurship education in schools, led by Galit Zamler.
Throughout the workshop we also dealt with the entrepreneurial skills, skills required in the labor market, openness to changes and exiting from the comfort zone.
The delegation members noted their impressions of the visit and the workshop:
"Thank you for your inspirational successful study case"
"Hopefully we'll implement a lot of things in Ukraine using your experience"
"I was really impressed with this school and what you do!"
Community Entrepreneurship Fair 2018
The "Sadot" School in Pardes Hanna Karkur, under the direction of Talmor Klus, fosters innovative entrepreneurial thinking in its students.
Every year, the school organizes a fair of entrepreneurial products, to which the community is invited to watch the students presenting their projects, get impressed and even buy from the best of the children's products.
Photo Gallery of the Entrepreneurship Fair:
Presenting Projects at the Academon Conference
The "Bechor Levi" School in Rehovot, under the management of Yafit Narbat, held an end-of-year event for "The Academon Chick".
In the Academon the school allows students to choose an annual course that is taught once a week on Fridays.
The Entrepreneurship Program for Kids was one of the elective courses and it was called "Invitation to invention".
The teacher Mali Ben Simhon led the entrepreneurship course for fifth and sixth graders and the teacher Rivka Cohen led the entrepreneurship course for third and fourth graders.
The students had lovely ideas for the projects they proudly presented them to their parents.
Teacher Rivka summed up the year as follows: "The program raised the students' self-esteem. They discovered every time other strengths that they have."
There were children who wanted to develop their idea alone, but the condition was that they had to work in a team, because today it is a required skill in life. In the end, they all succeeded. "
Read in detail about the social project and the students' inventions as presented to the parents.
Read the letters sent by teachers Mali and Rivka to Galit Zamler at the end of the year.
Hackathon in Kiryat Arba
Students from the Yeshiva high school and the Ulpana in Kiryat Arba were invited to participate in the first Hackathon for youth in the community.
Over 60 students have responded to the Hackathon challenge, raised many ideas for projects, chose the best, built models for projects, prepared pitches and presentations, participated in a school competition in which two winning projects were chosen at each school.
Then all 12 groups participating in the Hackathon, presented the projects to a large audience in the Heichal HaTarbut in the community, and the four finalists presented their ideas on the stage and three of them won prizes.
Building models for inventions
During an annual entrepreneurship course for fourth-graders at the Yitzhak Shamir School in Holon under the direction of Moshe Eini, the students underwent a process of developing entrepreneurial, creative and critical thinking, as well as the ability to identify problems and solve them.
Of the many ideas that were raised in the classrooms and after the examination and prioritization process, there are a few ideas left in each classroom.
Over two intensive days, and after the teams were formulated for each idea, the students built models for their inventions accompanied by presentations.
Just before the end of the course, the students presented their ideas briefly in the style of the "elevator pitch".
The course was moderated by Dina Arkin on behalf of the Children's Entrepreneurship Program.
Creativity and teamwork
The young people entrepreneurs of the "Bechor Levi" school in Rehovot, who chose an entrepreneurship course, learn two hours a week about the entrepreneur's skills, identify opportunities, raise ideas for projects and initiate by themselves.
As future entrepreneurs, the students understand the importance of creative thinking and teamwork, and in one of the sessions, led by teacher Mali Cohen, they participated in an activity that combined these two skills.
The students enjoyed and created together as a team, creative models from Lego.
Elevator Pitch Event - Choosing product
The two sixth graders, who are about to finish their studies this year at Rivka Guber School in Moshav Nehora, decided together with their parents, the principal and the educators to leave their mark on the school.
For this purpose, the students underwent a workshop on developing entrepreneurial thinking with Galit Zamler.
Then they divided into groups, raised ideas for projects, and each group focused on planning one project, accompanied by the parents, who joined the students and came once a week to the school to promote the ideas.
Each group of children defined why their project was useful, what need does it meet, how to implement it, expected problems and how to deal with them.
The students prepared presentations, videos and an elevator pitch for a record event in which they presented the ideas for the projects to the school principal, the educators, the representatives of the parents and all the students.
On Friday, the excited students came to the elderly home in the moshav, to an event of presenting their project ideas - an elevator pitch event, in order to convince their friends and all attendees vote for their initiative.
The event was attended by Mrs. Adina, ho is in charge of scientific education in the southern district.
After presenting the projects, the students participated in a game led by Galit Zamler, that illustrated them the importance of a vote without group pressure.
Each student voted to two ideas and eventually, one project received the most votes, and it will be implemented by all the students together in a teamwork and with the help of the parents.
The principal of the school, Drorit Garla, shared her insights from the process the students had undergone so far. She praised them for their investment, thinking about the small details, and the ability to stand in front of the audience in an impressive manner.
Entrepreneurship class for children
Four fourth graders at the 'Yitzhak Shamir' School in Holon, run by Moshe Eini, participate in an entrepreneurship class, which takes place once a week in the morning.
The students have learned how to be alert to the environment, identify needs and think about ideas for projects.
The ideas resulting from experience, problem or need they collect in a basket, such as the one in the picture:
The children's ideas were uploaded to the presentation:
The students learned why it is important to check whether our idea already exists or not, how to search the Internet, and together they sat in front of computers and checked whether the ideas presented in the classroom had already been realized or not.
When the entrepreneurial children reached the stage of preparing a business plan for their projects, they learned about vision and goal setting, while regarding Elon Musk's vision of launching a sports car into outer space.
Natural Resources Entrepreneurship
The first school in which Entrepreneurship for kids Program and "Honeybee" run by Nimrod Segev collaborated together was Ofek School in Ramle, under the management of Dorit Nevo.
Students from the school participated in Hackathon that dealt with natural resources. Click on the link and read extensively.
Entrepreneurship products fair
"Sadot" School in Pardes-Hanna-Karkur has hosted for several years a concluding entrepreneurship fair of the activity at school.
This year, as the previous years, the students presented to their parents and fair visitors their products: Ventures and initiatives they developed and realized in the past school year.
This is the invitation and the fair map at school:
Empowerment classes for 3rd-grade students
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program held empowerment meetings with 3rd graders from the "Avnei HaChoshen" School in Shoham.
During the first meeting, the children listed their strengths. We went through some of them and understood together that when someone mentions his strength, for example, is soccer, we can learn a lot like: the ability to work in a group, persistence, targeted, physically fit and more.
The two sessions with each class focused on three entrepreneurial skills: the ability to take risks, dealing with failure and creativity.
Each of these skills was taught experientially while playing games and the students actively playing a role in the teaching process.
In the picture the students are exercising taking a risk, a collaboration between friends and persistence.
We finished the module of creative thinking by completing a painting creatively and as each student pleased, we added some examples of students' paintings in the presentation.
Tour at the PayPal offices
A group of 5th and 6th graders from "Osishkin" School in Ramar Ha'Sharon, who participate in the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program led by Miri Molcho, went on a tour at PayPal's Company offices in Israel.
The students met the company's CEO in Israel, the sales manager and the information security manager.
They heard about the process of developing the company, how the company detected a need in a safe way to transfer money from and to everywhere in the world, how they defined the audience to their product and developed a win-win solution to both sellers and buyers, and how PayPal became a leading company in the field.
The students enjoyed a pampering hospitality, ate pizzas and played in the employees gaming area.
The students enjoyed the visit and were very interested in the lectures they had from the company's executives.
School entrepreneurship week
The "Pirchei Hamada" School in Rehovot encourages entrepreneurship and uses the curriculum of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program to teach the skills of an entrepreneur to the second and third graders.
The school hosted a private event "school entrepreneurship week" and invited many entrepreneurs to share their experience with the students.
Galit Zamler showed up too, as a guest entrepreneur and lectured before the 5th graders.
Students of the entrepreneurial program at the "Hashalom" school in Mevasseret Zion participated in a 24-hour Hackathon event, with sleeping bags in the school under the direction of the teacher and deputy director Sigal Bar.
Read about the Hackathon for students with sleeping bags on the page: Hackathon events in schools.
Presenting ideas for projects
At the Aliyot school in Ramat Gan, two 4th grade classes participated in the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program guided by their teacher, Levana Greenfeld.
During the year, students underwent a process of thinking about and developing entrepreneurial ideas, which they presented in an individual showcase, explaining their project/initiative.
The main guideline for building the showcase was that the presentation should speak for itself - that with no added explanation, the viewer would understand the presentation. That was done by integrating pictures, sketches illustrating the idea, and a verbal explanation.
The students executed their presentations in front of their peers, thus practicing being in front of a crowd.
Levana summarizes: "It was very successful, students stood in line to present their ideas."
Students also offered time for a Q&A after every presentation. They understood that not all questions must have an immediate answer and that they can take the time to think, but that it is important to listen carefully to all questions, needs and restrictions.
Read about many other events and experiences on the "Experiences from the program" page - part I.
- Training the staff from Vietnam
- Preparation For End of Year Event
- A Session With 4th Grade Students
- Meeting with second graders
- A lecture to Ramat Gan residents
- Enriching parent day based on entrepreneurship
- Critical thinking
- An institutional training course which includes workshops
- Lecture on social entrepreneurship
- Creative thinking at Hackathon
- Exposure to the entrepreneurial world
- A delegation from developing countries visits the Bachar School
- Community Entrepreneurship Fair 2018
- Academon Conference
- Hackathon in Kiryat Arba
- Building models for inventions
- Creativity and teamwork
- Elevator pitch event
- Entrepreneurship class for children
- Natural Resources Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship products fair
- Empowerment classes
- Tour in the PayPal offices
- School entrepreneurship week
- 24-hour Hackathon
- Presenting ideas for projects
- Many more experiences