On this page, you will find testimonials, recommendations, and letters of school principals, teachers, parents, students, guest entrepreneurs, and others on the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program (EFK) and Galit Zamler's activities.
Also, you can read feedback, recommendations, and reviews about the hackathon events, which Galit Zamler leads on the web page Hackathon Events in the Education System.
Lee Glick taught entrepreneurship at school for the last time this year. After eight years, she moves into a new position. At the end of the year, we were privileged to attend an educational innovation event organized by the Regional Council.
In response to a Facebook post I wrote about the event, Lee wrote the following:
"Dear Galit, Thank you for creating the program Entrepreneurship for Kids.
I was lucky to deliver your program for eight years at the Katznelson School in Kfar Sirkin, which belongs to the Southern Sharon Regional Council.
Through the program, the students and I had the opportunity to see the possibility of learning through a topic that the student chose/felt connected to, research a sector that interests him, identify a problem/need, and brainstorm ideas for a solution through entrepreneurial thinking.
We have learned to open our eyes and identify the needs of the community, which are usually not taken care of. Therefore, we initiate exciting social initiatives, grow, develop compassion, human love, and mutual guarantee.
The process taught us to identify moments of crisis, to understand that success cannot occur without moments of crisis, and to identify blind spots in projects that resulted from our enthusiasm. We realized it was important to present the idea in class so our classmates could help us shape the idea. We learned how to collaborate with our classmates based on their differences and unique characteristics, ensuring that our success will be enhanced when we work together - and that togetherness means power.
In addition, we practiced encouraging and giving constructive criticism. When students feel comfortable, the starting point is the same for everyone. Success depends on anything but courage, motivation, perseverance, and faith.
And finally, milestones for success - success in improving the world.
Since the program began, the students have been exposed to meaningful lectures by many outstanding entrepreneurs (such as Liat Henriette Zilber, Ayala Geron, Zuri King, Ariel Kedem, Gal Hamburger, and many more), who have introduced them to the exciting world of entrepreneurship - the world of the future. By using examples from their own worlds, the lecturers increased student curiosity and motivation.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share rare moments of happiness and peace with the students. I was melted by the spark in the students' eyes and the insights they shared with me all along, the understanding that everyone can be an entrepreneur, regardless of their level of intelligence. Those who are motivated, willing to explore and act, attentive, and goal-oriented can learn everything they need.
As a teacher, I enjoy allowing my students to envision the possibility of turning their dreams into reality and striving to turn a dream into a successful reality while understanding that patience pays off.
#Someone said meaningful empowerment/learning and did not receive?!?"
A training course on Entrepreneurship Education- 21st Century Skills was conducted for the teaching staff of HaYovel Middle School in Mevaseret Zion.
We held ten sessions, some of which were asynchronous. Following are excerpts from teachers' reflections at the end of the comprehensive training:
Teacher Lior Aharoni:
"The training and meetings have made me reflect on how to educate my students about entrepreneurship in theory and where to allow them to act and be entrepreneurs. Additionally, think of teachers as entrepreneurs and how they can initiate within the system.
By understanding entrepreneurship within schools, I understand that there will be things that we as teachers will have the ability to influence, innovate, and create - from our vision and our desire to streamline and improve even in the day-to-day running of schools, even things that already exist and need to be improved.
I appreciate the valuable information, the variety and creativity of the activities, and especially that you opened my mind."
Teacher Ashira Stern:
"During the training, I was able to think outside the box and consider possibilities that I had never considered before in my life. For instance, developing my husband's creative ideas and starting a family business alongside teaching.
Before my experience in this training, I had never thought about entrepreneurship in education. I gained a better understanding of the importance of education to entrepreneurship through this training. It opened my eyes even more to the extent to which students and the world can benefit from it. Entrepreneurship is important for education not only because when a student initiates a sense of competence and belonging is created in them that encourages their creativity, innovation, and responsibility, and also because it gives attention to the needs of other cultures.
This training made me look at student learning differently, because if I want to teach them and educate them in entrepreneurship I must begin to develop in students the ability to analyze social and economic changes in a way that will allow them not only to respond to changes but also to initiate them.
I should encourage implementing initiatives based on community needs and getting feedback. This will help them solve real-world problems. As a result, students will see that they can analyze situations, change, and create new realities.
The course taught by Galit Zamler was very informative and interesting. In this training, I was able to come up with ideas to praise my educational work in front of my students and to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in them. Additionally, thanks to this training and the wonderful facilitator, I have discovered that I can also be an entrepreneur in my work as an educator and in my family life. It was exclusively thanks to Galit, who expertly delivered the content. Thank you!"
Teacher Hagit Golian:
"Now I understand that it is essential to teach entrepreneurship lessons to the youth. The youth, unlike my generation, think differently. They are more opinionated, self-confident, and ambitious. Even those like me are a little apprehensive, and they must learn the value and importance of perseverance and determination.
I remember a message you conveyed in one of the sessions: "Say, experience and not failure. Failure is when a person blames the whole world without looking at himself." We need to spread this message of not giving up! Teenagers often believe that if they don't succeed, they have failed. We should correct this misconception for them. Edison Thomas: "I never failed; I just found 10,000 unsuccessful ways."
The course taught me that entrepreneurship is not acquiring a profession but rather forming a way of thinking and consciousness that should be transmitted to students. Students can only change and make an impact if they recognize their light and power. It is our job to help children recognize their light and believe in themselves that they can succeed! To let them know that this has nothing to do with their grades as well. Even if they don't excel at history or language, they can succeed and become entrepreneurs."
Teacher Gil Shamir:
"I took from the training the desire to adopt entrepreneurship qualities to challenge my students and become a better teacher - not to give in to the ready lesson plans, but to take risks, to encourage students to ask questions, and to accept that we may fail in the process of learning.
In my opinion, the school will become a place with many initiatives, which encourage critical thinking, independent and proactive students, thanks to the training we received."
Teacher Liron Shochat:
"The training contributed to me on a personal level. Before that, I did not define the term 'entrepreneur' correctly. Today, in light of the training and the information I acquired, I understand that anyone can, if they want to be an entrepreneur in their own way.
By introducing entrepreneurship to the curriculum, students can learn to think critically, creatively, and flexibly, getting out of their comfort zone. Depending on the postmodern world we live in, we should teach children to analyze social and economic changes in a way that will allow them to not only respond to changes but also initiate them, solve problems that bother them, or tackle issues that are important to them and want to change.
During the training, I realized that entrepreneurship is essential for both the education system and for me as an individual. In addition to developing the learner's intellectual independence, it involves fostering creativity, innovation, taking responsibility, and encouraging him to put ideas into action.
I found the learning to be interesting, varied, and enriching. Teaching methods included presentations, explanations, teamwork, and engagement with learners."
Teacher Gili Brodsky:
"During the training, I was able to gain a greater understanding of the meaning of entrepreneurship and how it can be used in everyday things, as well as everyday tasks. Learning about entrepreneurship helped me pay more attention to how I use it during my classes. Using entrepreneurship helps students connect with the material being taught and bridge the gap between the material being taught and their personal life."
Teacher Einat Medina:
"The course gave me new tools and ideas on how to help students develop creative thinking, how to get outside the box, and most importantly, how to empower students."
Teacher Vered Taylek:
"The entrepreneurship training connects to the high school process issue that we teach in seventh-grade and ninth-grade technological research, and accordingly, some of the training was based on the same ideas I teach in class but rich in additional knowledge.
The course for me provided a learning and deepening experience of the field of entrepreneurship, starting with what a hackathon is, essential skills required of entrepreneurs, and in general in the employment market today and in the future.
The skills-related sessions based on the entrepreneurship arena have contributed to me personally, firstly understanding several things about skills and how to be flexible and adapt the tools we provide to students according to changing requirements.
The training opened up ideas for practical connections in entrepreneurship in education in general and science in particular."
Teacher Miriam Caduri:
"It should be noted that the course has opened windows into a creative, exciting, and useful world for many topics and areas in life. I learned that we, as teachers, could also be entrepreneurs in teaching various topics in classrooms.
Furthermore, I have found that teaching this topic to children is even more powerful because it teaches children to develop their creativity from an early age and enables students who are not typically successful in school to succeed in another creative way. Additionally, students can become active participants in learning about different topics this way.
The training was delivered via a variety of presentations, videos, as well as active and constructive discussions between the participants.
I am grateful for the opportunity to learn in a new and fulfilling way."
Teacher Liron Moshe:
"The different activities were about getting to know the different tools in the entrepreneurial world. The exercises were of a high standard, and I got satisfaction from them. I learned about different expressions and different approaches to explanation and solutions that I could use in my world. It made it possible to release the imagination, which would be unlimited, and that is my goal in working with the students."
Teacher Michael Finkel:
"At the beginning of the entrepreneurship course, I was not sure exactly how I would use what I had learned in my daily life as a teacher. It is important to note that as I progressed in learning, I began to think about planning and delivering lessons during the sessions. For almost 30 years, I have been teaching the same material. I have always tried to diversify teaching methods, I have changed attitudes and tasks, I have developed new approaches. But this time, when the curriculum was not academically focused on aspects of mathematics teaching, I felt the freedom of thought. I was mostly connected to entrepreneurial principles, which fit nicely into my teaching puzzle.
What will I renew in each lesson? What will I do in each subject so that no one has done it yet, and this approach will be unique to me and only to my lessons? Based on this principle, I began searching the Internet for new ways of teaching in order not to repeat what already exists but rather to invent something new. 'Risk management - what is the chance that the new approach will succeed, i.e., be clear and understandable, and what should I do in the preparation activities in order to increase the chances of success of the approach.
I must emphasize that this thinking has greatly advanced my use of illustrations in teaching processes. With illustrations, I found that students find the mathematical material more accessible, as it is familiar to them on a practical level. The connection between the teaching materials and everyday life contributes to a better understanding of the material. As a result of thinking about entrepreneurship, my mental imagination was opened up, and I was able to deliver more relevant lessons to students."
Teacher Chen Ben Shimon:
"I gained a deeper understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship education through the training. Seeing the students' learning through this lens opened a window to a world where one can and should seek, think, move outside of one's comfort zone, and be aware of the environment. Especially to reinforce the fact that not everything has to be "here and now" and encourage long-term processes.
The training was delivered in a very interesting way, with great exposure to various fields."
Michal Dano, the training coordinator:
"I found the training to be a variety of interesting topics. It provided me with tools to diversify the lessons and look at the work options and participation of the students in a different way.
Moreover, the different materials and emphasis kept the children engaged and helped them cooperate. There were definitely excellent outcomes."
Teacher Emanuel Shimonov:
"To be honest, I personally expected a lot from taking part in entrepreneurship training. From the very beginning, when I was in school, I initiated various projects on Human Rights Day, the celebration of the Balfour Declaration, the tradition of blood donation on November 29, etc.
During the advanced training, I received interesting and innovative tools that I needed, both from Galit and from a guest lecturer who joined one of the sessions.
So far, I have thought of entrepreneurship as projects at the school leadership level - their student council. After the training, I think this should be educated together with pedagogy in each of the subjects we teach. Let the students experience the joy of creativity, originality, and collaboration.
I appreciate the training, Galit. You were pleasant, innovative, and patient."
Teacher Keren Ashkenazi:
"The training was varied, interesting, and included videos, teamwork, and tools that I could use in the classroom."
Teacher Keren Morag:
The training contributed a lot to my way of thinking and conveying a topic to the students, to the ability to harness them to the process from beginning to end successfully.
The importance of entrepreneurship in every field and in art, in particular, is high. We see this in the number of initiatives popping up in Israel and around the world, like mushrooms after the rain.
Introducing the subject of entrepreneurship in the school and the participation of the students is extremely important and contributes to their sense of belonging.
Thank you very much to Galit for effective and interesting training."
The teaching staff at the Ohel Meir School in Kiryat Ekron took part in an online institution course on education for entrepreneurship from a young age that also served as a preparation for teaching the "Entrepreneurship for Kids Program." The online continuing training session was organized by Yonit Goren, who led the school's uniqueness.
We opened the online training session by discussing the following questions: Why educate for entrepreneurship in a country that's already considered to be one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world? And why do so within the school frame?
Next, we learned about the entrepreneurial process with the school students, skills from the entrepreneurial environment, and how to instill those skills within the curriculum.
We also learned how to implement an entrepreneurial culture at all levels and in day-to-day school life.
We ended the online training course with an enjoyable session of experiencing participation in a virtual hackathon.
Here's a collection of feedback from the teachers who took part in this training course:
"This online course opened a small window for me to the entrepreneurial world. During the course sessions, I got exposed to initiatives that people developed out of sensing a certain need. Besides, I learned about the process that an entrepreneur goes through until the venture becomes a success or a failure. Furthermore, I admired the way you put the material accessible to young kids.
The training included a reference to the entrepreneur's skills. We experientially taught the kids those skills by watching clips, debates, presentations, and ideas for fun activities in groups. Furthermore, I asked the kids to prepare a product in the classroom while referring to the skills of the entrepreneur. This aroused the children and made them think creatively and critically and debate in groups - this intensified meaningful learning in the classroom.
This training allowed me to watch the kids as they were working in the classroom. I came to know creative kids, imaginative kids with good communication skills that are the basis for good work in groups. When I was preparing the lesson, and thought about combining the skills of the entrepreneur. It led to an activity that combines in-depth thinking, dialogue between the kids, and creativity. I believe that mixing tasks while thinking about the skills of the entrepreneur can develop in children useful and essential skills.
I enjoyed taking part in your entrepreneurial training course, which was really contributing and enriching. You delivered wonderful sessions that opened a small window for me to the world of entrepreneurs. I wish you to continue passing successfully the entrepreneurs' experience to many more students.
Thanks a lot!"
"On a personal level- following the advanced training,I realized just how important it is to nurture the future generation from an early age in the schools and also to my children at home. The encounters also made me think at the level of my individuality as a person.
The entrepreneurship classes empower the child and make him feel confident in himself and his abilities. It doesn't always go hand in hand with one's academic achievements.
The entrepreneur skills we learned about strengthen my understanding that I need to integrate them into the teaching process. Such entrepreneurial thinking is characterized by the ability to imagine a different reality, take action, notice what needs to be changed, and believe that we can make a change.
This course provided me with a different perspective on the students. I discovered that despite not having good academic accomplishments, many students showed high abilities and thinking out of the box when faced with an activity that required entrepreneurial skills. Just by watching them, one could tell how involved they were and how it brought the best out of them."
"On a personal level, this online entrepreneurial course has benefited me by getting exposed to the entrepreneurship arena. I realized that each person could become an entrepreneur, and age has nothing to do with it. Being able to use one's mind and having creativity is enough. It contributed to my world of values and their strengthening: values such as belief, self-confidence, perseverance, self-awareness, self-criticism, etc.
This course strengthed my own value of my relevance as a teacher. The teacher also needs to be an entrepreneur in all aspects: whether it's the academic aspect, discipline issues in the classroom, emotional issues, activities, etc.
Through this training, I understood that children need to learn the subject of entrepreneurship. It's not enough to teach the standard curriculum, but you also need to educate them to acquire entrepreneurial skills because they will always face problems and hardships, and they need to know how to use entrepreneurship as a solution to their problems".
Students from four sixth grade classes began an entrepreneurship course last year led by Galit Zamler. The course was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the students asked Principal Sarry Plum to start the course anew. And at their request, we continued the course, this time online.
At the same time, students from four fifth-graders at the school also participated in an entrepreneurship course of 13 sessions.
Despite the limitations of online learning, our output was great: the students came up with ideas to improve the learning experience, and they presented the best ideas to their educators.
The students came up with ideas for projects, prepared presentations, drawings, and models, and at the last meeting, they presented them to the students of the "Hayovel" School in Ashdod at the "Shark Tank" TV show in an inspiring session.
At the end of the two courses, the school principal wrote:
Thank you very much for a blessed activity with our students. I have no doubt that you have exposed them to great knowledge, tools, and creativity that they will be able to use later on.
The second year in which the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the "De Shalit" Junior High participated in entrepreneurship class, based on the Entrepreneurship for Youth program, has ended.
shay abramovich, who taught all classes, wrote:
"It's the second year that I've been teaching the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades the youth entrepreneurship program under Galit Zamler guidance.
In a few meetings, Galit gave me a clear, accurate, and varied program. Each subject is organized in a module that is friendly and easy to learn.
Each module is accompanied by high quality materials and is very enriching.
Throughout, Galit has shown a willingness to help, availability and professionalism that are not taken for granted.
The students enjoyed the entrepreneurial classes and cooperated.
The entrepreneurship lessons empower the students through which they learn about real life and develop independent and critical thinking.
Thank you so much, Galit, for the guidance, support, ideas, availability, and of course, for the constant smile and kindness.
I hope to keep on working with you in many years."
With the spread of the Coronavirus in Israel and the closure of schools, Galit Zamler led the first virtual Hackathon for students.
Since the Hackathon was conducted online, it was defined as national and was open to all schools in Israel.
The theme of the Hackathon was: "Dealing with the Coronavirus."
The students were asked to form teams and think of solutions to problems that arose as a result of the situation, to develop the venture on a structured Internet document, where they also watched short tutorial clips, asked questions and got answers.
You may read about the feedback and reviews of all the parties involved on the "Virtual Hackathons - Vickathon" page.
The Israeli EFK program is being taught in Vietnam.
Mr. Nguyen, who leads the program in his country, wrote the following:
"I am Nguyen from EFK Vietnam. We are proud to be a member of EFK Israel and partner with Ms. Galit.
Even though I have 12 years of experience in education for kids, I had valuable training with Galit in Israel.
Galit is a trusted, helpful, and lovable business partner. She always listens and supports me during the time of launching the EFK program in our country.
The EFK program is very well structured, reliable, and valuable for children.
They really love the program and need to be learned as soon as possible to develop and to nurture their entrepreneurial skills at an early age.
Thank you, Galit and EFK.
Nguyen Bui from EFK Vietnam"
Galit Zamler led an institutional training course at the Yitzhak Navon School in Shoham. At the end of the course, the school director, Vered Biali, wrote:
"Deciding on the uniqueness of a school, which seeks to educate future generations on entrepreneurship, stems from its recognition of the many changes in the Israeli economy and worldwide development which have happened in recent decades.
Out of a desire to instill education for entrepreneurship in our students, we contacted entrepreneur Mrs. Galit Zamler. She has developed a program for schools that teaches the entrepreneurial process.
Mrs. Zamler Exposed us during the course to the components of the entrepreneurial process and taught us how to use the entrepreneurial skills in accordance with learner functions, as required by the Ministry of Education. This was a significant matter in the training of the school staff.
Exposure to the skills helped clarify aspects required for the citizens of tomorrow and was integrated into curricula and lesson plans. They played an essential role in several classes - helping to foster individual and whole class entrepreneurial processes.
When it comes to Mrs. Galit Zamler's guidance, there was full cooperation and discussions about the school's various needs. We accomplished this through respectful suggestions and responses. We thank Mrs. Galit and look forward to more relevant, stimulating, and practical instruction.
I highly recommend continuing this work.
Yitzhak Navon School Director"
The deputy director and coordinator of the course, Vered Grafi, summed up the training process in this way:
"I enjoyed the course because we found the content relevant to both the school life and the school vision, which we redefined this year. It is also suitable for life outside the school.
These encounters provoked much thought not only for myself but also for the students.
The program's content and skills were both compatible with the learning functions we're required to teach. Each naturally was incorporated into the curriculum and daily discourse.
We received an excellent toolbox as well, through the presentations and modules.
We had first-hand experience with the modules and took them as they were to teach the students.
Teaching the modules was enjoyable.
On a personal note, as the coordinator of the course, I want to thank you for your cooperation, wonderful investment, and your kind approach and responses to our needs.
Thank you very much,
This presentation contains all school staff reflections:
About two years ago, Galit Zamler led a training course for teachers at the A.D Gordon School under the leadership of Gila Ben-Yosef.
In light of personnel changes in the school staff, it was decided on another training on entrepreneurship education, this time led by the school principal, and Galit Zamler taught in a few sessions.
Teacher Tal Tabib, who was participating both then and this year in the course, wrote this:
"I see great importance in entrepreneurial education. In the 21st century, entrepreneurial skills are essential for success in any field.
As part of the program, the children learned about original entrepreneurial ideas, looked for a unique concept of their own for the project that would meet a need/problem. They learned to identify opportunities, plan, take responsibility, set goals, and achieve them. They also learned to gather relevant information, persuade, believe in themselves, speak to an audience, perform calculations, be wise consumers, solve problems, be creative, work as a team, develop social skills and especially develop thinking.
On a personal level, I have seen that entrepreneurship education is meaningful to the child's empowerment, precisely the students who have difficulty learning were those who have succeeded in entrepreneurial much and demonstrated creativity.
Some of the groups worked amazingly as a perfect machine, with fantastic teamwork, cooperation, understanding, almost no need for help, but just guidance.
On the other hand, some of them had difficulties, disagreements, were hurt when their opinions were not accepted, faced crises when they blocked their emails. Some thought of going to another team, but finally, like any good end, all teams without exception, overcome all the difficulties and pitfalls, reached understandings, compromise, and everything went well.
Success is the process they have undergone and not necessarily the product. The journey is no less important than the goal!
For me, it was the second time I participated in this course, so it was quite adequate, but the new teachers had a lot of background missing, which I completed throughout the year.
Sometimes I really want to work with you and lead different schools to be entrepreneurship educators. I believe in the importance of the program very much.
There were moments when I felt that I was running a high-tech company in terms of everything: an executive summary, business card design, presentations, market survey, group CEO, emails to companies and investors, marketing, confidentiality agreement, everything they did on their own, dreamed, wrote and produced.
Both parents and students were amazed at the outcome of the initiatives. In my class, they produced ten projects.
It wasn't easy at such a young age, but they came out of their way to succeed.
Their motivation stems from the content that was conveyed in an experiential and meaningful way by the presentations you sent us.
Dear Galit, keep spreading your light in many.
A pleasant vacation, many thanks for the support and guidance throughout the year.
During 2018, the EFK program was taught in Hong Kong and China. In light of the development of entrepreneurship skills and the children developing projects of different kinds, the representatives of MY WAY company wrote:
"The learning process in China was incredibly interesting. The children, who were first shocked, progressed and changed slowly, and allowed themselves and their imagination to break free. The best evidence for that is the projects they created.
For almost the first time in their life, they were allowed to take off with their creative ideas, think outside of the box, dare to dream, and to execute their ideas professionally and thoroughly.
The children said that before the course, they couldn't believe in the power of children to change the world, and added that the course made them want to continue doing and making big things."
The Bechor Levi school in Rehovot, under the management of Yafit Narbat, allows students to choose an annual enrichment course in the "Academy" framework.
One of the courses offered to the students is an "Invitation to Invention," based on the Entrepreneurship Program for Kids.
The teacher, Mali Ben Simhon, led the entrepreneurship course for fifth and sixth graders, where they learned several modules from the program.
Teacher Rivka Cohen led the entrepreneurship course for third and fourth graders. Their course focused on exposing students to entrepreneurial skills, identifying each child's personal strengths, and developing inventions.
Galit Zamler trained the two teachers, who wrote at the end of the year:
Over the year, I met every Friday with students who chose to take an entrepreneurship course. In this program, I taught about entrepreneur's skills.
Personally, I've been very connected to the subject of study, and so the children of the group. I have come to realize that these skills are not only for the entrepreneur but are an integral part of each person's human skill.
The studies were very varied, including outdoor activities, videos, creations, discussions, group work, and more.
I enjoyed teaching this course not only because of the connection to the values of the course, but also because the program is rich, varied, and professional.
At the end of the course, students were asked to initiate an invention that meets a need or a problem. I enjoyed seeing the students think and research solutions that meet people's needs and the concerns they are exposed to. After they found a problem, they built a model of the invention.
On the day of presenting the products, the parents enjoyed seeing their children standing in front of an audience and presenting their invention. They thanked me for the values and life skills that the students had acquired in the course. It is clear that the students themselves experienced a sense of ability and initiative.
One of my students is very shy, and I was surprised to see her standing in front of an audience and explaining the invention. Such progress was worth everything!!
Galit, at the beginning of the year, I got to know a charming person. You are a special personality, always responding to every question and request and all with great respect and giving.
Thanks for the support and availability!!
Galit, I wish you great success in the future and hope every school to undergo such a process.
With great respect and appreciation,
I wanted to say a huge thank you for your warm attitude, patience, caring, and understanding.
I was delighted to learn and teach the entrepreneurship course. I learned a lot of new things, and I was introduced to a world that I had not been exposed to before.
The students also went through a process in which they acquired knowledge, learned to know themselves and their abilities. All these thanks to the course that is gradually built and adapted to the needs of the children.
I wish you many successes later in your path of integrity.
The entire school staff attended an annual institutional training course led by G. Zamler. The course name was "Meaningful Learning - Functional Learning in Entrepreneurship Education."
While administering the course, the teachers expressed their satisfaction from the value provided, and at the end of the course, teachers submitted a summary in which they also wrote reflections on the process of the study and its contribution.
Here are some highlights:
Michal Dorevitz, math teacher
"As part of this institutional course, I received from Galit tools for deepening entrepreneurship in education.
During the training, we emphasized building a program with our students, which led them to a process in which they experienced significant entrepreneurial learning, including relevance to the learner.
This was done over the year by nurturing entrepreneurial children and provided them with learning time to develop various functions, such as cognitive functioning, cognitive meta-functioning, and interpersonal functioning.
Thank you for a challenging, enriching course that contributed greatly to me personally and strengthened my tenet that 'nothing stands in the way of your will' and that there is no child who can not initiate and succeed!!"
Adi Ben Moshe, third-grade educator
"I'm a veteran teacher at the school, and I have studied entrepreneurship frequently.
Every year, we progress in the field of entrepreneurship, and this creates great interest, curiosity, and anticipation toward the process that I lead.
This year, I am teaching third grade, and I was worried about how I would manage to lead these young children in entrepreneurial thinking.
When we started, I saw that the subject was fascinating to the students, and they asked many questions of interest and curiosity. I found that the children were much smarter than I thought. They were amazing, came up with great ideas, and showed creativity throughout the process.
In addition to the electrical circuit products, students have been able to offer additional initiatives in various fields. One group built a learning site called "Theology" - a place that encourages the repeat and practice of learning material experientially. I felt proud when the student group presented the site at the school conference as well as the delegation's visit, which was the appropriate termination of the process and its climax.
Your Entrepreneurial Education program has helped me a lot during lessons. Thanks to your program, the lessons were structured in an organized manner, step by step, which makes learning very easy.
Also, the weekly hour in the curriculum was essential. The students waited in great anticipation for this lesson, and the learning was both meaningful and enjoyable.
I enjoyed watching the learning process that the students went through and the sparkle in their eyes as they stood in front of the guests and presented the lovely products they created. There is no doubt that the learning has been relevant and empowering for the students and for me as a teacher."
Teacher Lilach Alpenbein, third-grade educator:
"I wanted to thank you again for your availability, relaxed nature, and the lessons that made everything more accessible.
Thank you, and good luck."
Adi Ganz Mizrachi, a second-grade teacher
"Entrepreneurship is the 'thing.' Once we did not really know what the definition of the word and what it means, today, it is a common term that we use in every field.
When we chose a few years ago the uniqueness of the school, we began to research and explore, we read and impressed, we asked and learned, and while we were teaching the children, we also learned.
The course we have participated in this year has organized the materials for me and allowed me to focus on my work with the children.
Since I teach in the younger grades, I have always dealt with difficulties in explaining the concept of entrepreneurship to children. It was difficult for them to understand what was expected of them. The materials that Galit gave us during the training with her helped me much in communicating the subject to the children.
The final product was lovely, and the children enjoyed the preparation stages very much. I really liked the part where I allowed the children to invent all sorts of things out of their imagination. One of my students even presented her idea - a table with hands that feed the baby. It excited me to see a student who has a lot of learning difficulties, standing in front of the parents, and explaining her initiative. It was worth everything.
Thank you, Galit, for meaningful learning.
Meirav Shitrit, a second-grade teacher
"This year, I took part in a training course on entrepreneurship that was different from the norm.
I was glad to meet you, Galit, and to get to know your materials and lesson plans, tailored to a specific age group.
Knowing you, using your website, and your mindset, encouraged us to believe in the students' abilities, to allow them and us to "dare" to think differently and get out of the box.
The institutional course gave us the opportunity to let the children dream and share with us their personal initiatives, small and large, that come from their own world. I enjoyed this process with you and appreciated your guidance and encouragement. There is no doubt that the students expressed themselves."
Hadar Deri, a special education teacher
"This is the first year I have been exposed to the subject of entrepreneurship from the theoretical to the execution.
The way in which the course was developed was good and effective for me to understand what an entrepreneur is and as well as to think about a need together with the children according to their age and ability.
The presentations helped much in organizing and planning because of the way they were written.
The children were full of motivation and raised ideas, some were relevant and some less, but the statement that led them throughout this project is that - anyone can!
This course expanded horizons and enabled children to feel like a mature entrepreneur on his/her way to inventing the initiative, planning, dreaming, experimenting, and producing a product.
The entrepreneurship program conveyed the message and improved the personal belief of each student in himself and our belief as a team in them and in their ideas.
As a teacher of integration, I became very attached to all the motivational sentences that led the students to act and feel satisfied. The children expressed themselves in front of everyone, developed their ideas, worked in groups, and cooperated.
The entrepreneurial program led to experiential learning, independent and positive thinking, sticking to the target, and self-belief that led to the students' empowerment."
Patricia Shimoni Cohen, a fourth-grade teacher
"Personally, the course contributed to more rigorous planning, a common language, professionalism, and time to observe the process.
In light of the writing the summary task, it was an eye-opening to analyze data by using the SWOT model; to see the 'difficulties/threats' and the way we found creative solutions. We have all undergone meaningful processes that contributed to the success of the initiative.
And to you, dear Galit, thanks for the way, the professionalism, your guidance at the personal, classroom, and school levels."
Shoshi Bar, a 5th-grade educator, and deputy director
"As part of the training, we were given tools, both as entrepreneurs and as educators for entrepreneurship. These tools helped us to deepen education for entrepreneurship and to create one language among our students. They also allowed us to experience in practice with our own initiative, from formulating the team to thinking and building the vision until it is realized.
Galit, there is no doubt that your entrepreneurship program has contributed significantly to empowering our students and their belief that anyone can be an entrepreneur.
It is a process that can be taught, and indeed with the help of your program, our students talk and think like entrepreneurs.
Thanks to your program, we succeeded in internalizing the qualities of the entrepreneur. The course this year was a major learning experience for my students and for me."
Limor Heller, a second-grade teacher
"For 13 years, I have been a teacher at the Ramot Weizmann school, and when we started defining the specialization of the school, it was difficult for me and unclear how to relate to the topic of entrepreneurship.
It was even harder for me to connect it and bring it to the students in the lower grades (grades 1st-2nd) in which I teach.
Today, it is clear to me that our uniqueness is very important and is moving us forward towards accomplishing the goal of preparing students for the 21st century and of creating independent learners.
This year, the education process of entrepreneurship has been much more natural and clearer than in previous years due to several factors:
First, the dedicated time in the curriculum 'Education for Entrepreneurship' had given me the ability to plan my time, lessons, and activities more efficiently. Thus, I was able to lead the students to our goals.
I have been using the presentations and lesson plans of Galit, the course facilitator, in a very productive and efficient way.
Secondly, the training with Galit really got me organized - It was more clear to me how to make the topic more accessible to young students and how to lead them in the right direction.
Third, it was easier for me to connect to the topic that we dealt with and guide the students.
To conclude, the work on the project was not easy, but definitely experiential and significant, and at the end of the day, it is also satisfying and enriching.
At the end of the challenging process, the children presented amazing, creative, and new products that showed us that there is no limit to where you can go with imagination, creativity, and a lot of faith in yourself and in your own way. I felt great pride in the children and their products, and I felt that I had learned a lot from them and from the training."
Dikla Ramot, a 3rd-grade teacher
"At the beginning of the year, when we were told that our institutional course was Entrepreneurship for Kids, I thought that I knew how to make it interesting for the children because I was involved in research and entrepreneurship at the previous school where I taught. Also, along the two years at this school, I have been dealing with research and entrepreneurship for seven years.
From the first sessions of the course, I realized that my knowledge was limited compared to what you can learn and teach the children.
To sum up the learning process in entrepreneurship, it can be said that the process was structured, organized, neat, and productive thanks to the course, which guided us all year-round, thanks to the focus of the chosen topic.
The training helped to organize and lead the entrepreneurship project by guiding during the year.
It was an exciting and challenging training course, and I end it with a lot of materials that I have used and will use in the future. Thanks!!"
Racheli Cohen, a special education teacher
"This is my third year at the Ramot Weizmann School. The issue of entrepreneurship has stood out as a major issue in the school from the very beginning, and I really felt connected to the school's approach to entrepreneurship, which gives room for children's ideas and adapts itself to the modern world.
In the entrepreneurship classes, the children were fascinated. They raised ideas, listened to each other, split up in anticipation of groups, and planned and created two products of their own. This made them very proud.
The climax was at the Entrepreneurship Conference. I saw them rising above themselves and expressing the knowledge they had acquired proudly in front of other students, parents, staff, and the mayor. And I was left just to watch them and smile from the side."
Bat Chen Horowitz, an educator of fifth grade
"I have been in entrepreneurship education for seven years, and I have finally received tools about how to take the entrepreneur's skills and connect them to a child's world. These lesson plans make the concepts tangible while creating cooperation between the children and helping them to motivate themselves.
At the conference, the children showed maturity. They stood up and presented the projects, just like older students. There's no doubt that education for entrepreneurship that starts at a young age can contribute to the self-confidence of the students and helps develop their imagination and creativity.
As a teacher who teaches entrepreneurship, the way of explaining this topic contributes to adds interest in my work. I feel that I am expanding my horizons and creating interest and relevance to the students."
Dafna Levi, English teacher
"For years, we have been learning to teach in a certain way, now we are required to teach differently, and you come and show us that it is possible.
Unlike other courses, the meetings held there are much more hands-on. Everything is very orderly and structured, and it helps us implement the program in classrooms. I think that moving the students through this process makes them think creatively."
Teacher Yifat Cherniavsky, Math teacher
"I love the fact that we need to explain to students that most projects fail and that it is okay to fail. When you understand it, it prepares you mentally so that, if a failure occurs, it will not bring you down.
The entrepreneurship program held in the school raised the level of differential work in maths in the school.
Thanks to the program, many more students were exposed to the learning material and worked on it much more active, and so contributed more than usual.
The learning process was much more meaningful and engaging for them. The program even contributed to our work as teachers by helping us expand the learning tools with students.
I feel that this year opened up a lot of options for me from a professional and mental standpoint, which is what entrepreneurship is about."
At the end of the training course, Galit wrote:
"The institutional training program at the Ramot Weizmann elementary school was completed.
I had the privilege of getting to know a professional, attentive staff who aspires to give his students the best and who implements multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship education well."
MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, hosted a delegation of educators at different levels from Latin America.
Galit Zamler organized and accompanied the delegation on a visit to the Ramot Weizmann School in Yavne, and during a visit to Novus, the Entrepreneurship Center at the College of Management. Galit also taught the members of the delegation the subject of entrepreneurship education in an experiential workshop.
Damian Filut, who hosted the delegation, wrote:
Last week, the educators returned to their countries, and officially we completed the course.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your participation in the international course of 'Innovation and entrepreneurship in education.'
Our students were impressed by the Israeli model, attitude, and professionalism. They expressed their high satisfaction and sent you thanks and blessings.
Your participation was so enriching and provided a comprehensive answer to the burning questions on various subjects. Your work is a model to be imitated and admired.
Personally, I would like to thank you for your support and help with arranging such an enriching and exciting visit.
The Entrepreneurship program was taught in two elective courses at the Hebrew Academy, headed by Rabbi Avi Bossewitch, Dean of Academics, and Innovation.
Teacher Chani Richmond led one entrepreneurship group, and teachers Angie Lopez and Javier Gonzalez co-taught another elective STEAM entrepreneurship.
At the end of the course, the teacher Chani wrote: "It was an educational and eye-opening experience teaching your Entrepreneurship For Kids (EFK) Curriculum to the students at the Hebrew Academy! Thank you, Galit Zamler, for your mentorship and expertise!"
In November 2017, a Foreign Ministry delegation of leading educators from developing countries visited the Sadot School.
After a particularly enriching visit, the delegation participated in a workshop that led by Galit Zamler on the subject of developing an entrepreneurial mindset in K-12 students.
Yudith Rosenthal, director of the 'Mashav' agency of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote:
The international training "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Education System" ended a week and a half ago (Nov. 12, 2017 - Dec. 1, 2017), and I would like to thank you for an enriching, empowering, and educating cooperation throughout the entire training.
The training aimed to nurture an outline for both planning and implementing a model of teaching-learning - assessment processes amongst key position educators (Teachers and school principals, educators, academics, and policymakers). Those processes were based on successful and innovative methods, which were learned during the course.
Our students encountered various topics: Israel's unique work model, a wide range of activities and experiences in which both students and teachers take part. They learned about unique projects via unique pedagogical processes amongst the students and the teachers. They were impressed by the research model based on entrepreneurship, which the students get to know from a young age and the incredible ability and independence of the students. They liked the quality of the educational activity and the various possibilities of the curriculum's content.
Your activity was enlightening, precise, and full of thought-provoking insights on possibly required improvements or changes. Encountering these materials, as well as the ideas behind the processes and activities, got the participants excited and filled them with ideas and challenges.
Your work sets an example for humanity: valuable and professional work, that both nurtures and develops a meaningful, innovative, and relevant education consisting of inspiring, successful, innovative, groundbreaking, and unique modules to assist meaningful learning through experimenting, independence, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
Our students gained from the training in Israel and asked to pass on their gratitude and warm regards.
On behalf of A. Ofri center, 'Mashav,' and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible cooperation.
All the best,
Director at Mashav"
A member of the delegation, Tram Anh, shared how the workshop and the visit affected him:
"I am Tram Anh from Vietnam. I was one of the members of the Mashav group that attended your workshop at the Sadot school earlier this week.
Your workshop and the visit to the school inspired me so much, provoked my mind to a high level.
I believe that I can and will apply your program to my daughters and other kids in Vietnam."
Galit Zamler has been accompanying Be'eri school for the past three years. Since the school chose the uniqueness of entrepreneurship education, and after training the teachers in the third year, Galit received the following letter:
We want to thank and cherish all your doings and professional work in developing a program on entrepreneurship learning.
It is worth noting that the teachers' team has also learned something new and enjoyed passing on the knowledge to our students in an experiential, original, and fascinating fashion.
Thank you is a beautiful thing to say, and its meaning is monumental.
A word with value - that is the meaning of gratitude.
So, from the bottom of our heart, we would like to thank you,
Amalia and the entire family of the Be'eri School."
During the sessions, the teachers, each in her own way, expressed their appreciation for the training and the materials taught:
The meeting opened my eyes. You brought ideas, games, creativity.
The lessons are very structured, engaging, adapted for the younger generation, and are also useful for the adults.
Teacher Osnat wrote:
"Within your name lies the word "gal" (wave), and today I have been flooded with vast waves of giving and the openings of the heart.
Hearing you today allowed me to discover the desires of my heart.
Many heartfelt thanks for the variety of suggestions, the wisdom, and the opening of a wide door to the entrepreneurial world.
Bless you and wish you much satisfaction in your work.
The teachers of the Mizpe Yamim School in Ashkelon participated in three training sessions on the subject of entrepreneurship education in the school framework from theory to practice.
At the end of each session, the school principal, Yaffa Elouz, asked the teachers: "What did everyone take from the meeting?"
Here are some of the teachers' answers:
"I found out about many innovations and developments that I didn't know existed. It enlightened me."
"The material presented stimulates thought, gives us ideas, and strengthens the feeling that there is no limit to entrepreneurship."
"The knowledge that was passed on today will be interesting for the children because it is relevant to their world."
"I didn't know where to begin teaching entrepreneurship in the classroom, but I know now."
"This meeting is really about making entrepreneurship education from theory to practice, and, suddenly, we better understand what we are teaching the students."
"The encounter today made me understand that any idea can be accepted. Also, this type of thinking is groundbreaking."
"The material we have been exposed to today relates to situations we didn't think would be technologically possible, and now we are talking about the near future."
"The encounter today makes you think at home and in every situation about how I can change, how I can make things around me more efficient, and how to encourage creative thinking concerning the environment."
"My conclusion is that entrepreneurial thinking is something that can be developed."
"Until today, I have never felt connected to entrepreneurship, but suddenly I feel that I belong; sudden, things become understandable, and it seems to me that entrepreneurship can be challenging but also interesting."
"I got a broad picture of what entrepreneurship is; I want to create floor games at school."
"You instilled in me the entrepreneurial spirit and energies of entrepreneurship. I take it upon myself to market the activities and initiatives of the students in all classes so that they will be exposed and will also want to initiate."
"I did not believe a teacher could be in such a place as just a mentor. This is the first time that I have experienced it."
"You exposed us to amazing things. I learned at every encounter new things I had not known before."
Following the decision of Ronit Cohen Matot, principal of the Yad Giora Junior High school in Herzliya, and in cooperation with the Chairman of the Parents' Committee, three 7th grade classes took part in entrepreneurship and economic thinking studies. They were under the guidance of an external advisor, Mr. Ze'ev Schneider.
The students developed projects, and some even won a regional competition put on by the Ministry of Education, called "Move yourself."
At the end of the year, the principal wrote:
"In the Yad Giora Junior High school in Herzliya, we began teaching 'Entrepreneurship and Economic Thinking' this year.
The subject is part of additional elective subjects that are taught at our school and, this year, the seventh graders studied it for two hours a week.
I want to mark Mrs. Galit Zamler's help in promoting the subject in the school.
We asked for Galit's help, and she did so courteously and professionally. We also learned some teaching methods on the subject and collaborated with her throughout the year.
I hope that the subject will continue to develop in our school. I highly recommend a professional collaboration with Galit Zamler.
Ronit Cohen Matot
Junior High school principal"
The letter in Hebrew:
Mr. Ze'ev Schneider, led the program at Yad Giora Junior High school, concluded the process at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year and sent this letter:
"June 11, 2017
This year we have started to teach the Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Yad Giora Junior High in Herzliya.
The program was taught to 7th graders, who discovered the intriguing world of entrepreneurship, based on Galit Zamler's program.
The students studied entrepreneurship, reviewed business and social ventures in Israel and abroad. Interesting lectures enriched them by various entrepreneurs at the top of their respective fields, such as Ran Ne'eman, Amir Raveh, Ronit Meiri, and Nira Miorchik.
During the year, the program participants planned a creative project, built a model, and created a marketing video that described the nature of the project and its contribution to the community.
The highlight of the year was the participation in the Ministry of Education's 'Move Yourself' project in the - Tel Aviv District. This is a competition for social projects created by youth, for which the students received certificates of appreciation for social, ethical, creative, innovative, and/or technological initiatives.
Much of the success of the program is due to the school director, Ronit Cohen Matot, who initiated it and personally accompanied it throughout the year. Her support significantly contributed to the students' success.
The program participants contributed greatly to the content they learned, and I am sure that they will use the tools they gained in the future.
Attached Ze'ev's letter
Given the satisfaction of all those involved in the junior high school, it was decided to continue the entrepreneurship studies through our entrepreneurship curriculum for kids in the next school year, this time in grades 7th and 8th.
The entire school staff participated in entrepreneurship education training.
The teachers of 5th and 6th graders' also taught entrepreneurial classes throughout the year.
The students raised ideas for projects, and some of them were implemented using prototypes.
The learning process was concluded at a school event called the "Entrepreneurs Convention," to which the mayor of Kfar Saba, parents, and educators were all invited.
As part of the training, the teachers worked in teams, planned their own projects, and after completing the course, they wrote reflections.
Here is a selection of quotes written by the teachers:
"The joint activity was new and refreshing for me because I worked with people whom I do not get to work with on a daily basis.
The ideas each brought were fascinating, and, in the end, we created something that we all agree could see it happening soon.
The idea of developing online challenge and thinking games with the students and integrating this with community activity connects greatly to my education agenda, especially as the social coordinator of the school, a role in which I always think about how to integrate school activities in the community and how to contribute to it meaningfully.
As we have noted in the submitted summary, each of the parties has benefited from the process. Such entrepreneurial activity assures us that we are molding citizens who will integrate well into the community, citizens who see others' needs, and evolve in directions that fit them. We hope to be able to integrate our own ideas into the "Entrepreneurship Incubator" program that we have started this year.
The school course on entrepreneurship helped me a lot. I received practical tools that helped me throughout the journey with my class (6th grade) and even in general school activities as a social coordinator."
"As part of the course, I was exposed to a fascinating new field.
I understand how entrepreneurial competencies are essential and significant to success in life, and, with them, we can empower and encourage students to progress and succeed in areas that are interesting and intriguing to them.
Currently, education for entrepreneurship from an early age is a very relevant subject for students in particular and for the Israeli (and global) economy in general.
During the course, I gained knowledge and experience in the fields of management and entrepreneurship. I also acquired practical tools in the area.
In my opinion, every teacher is a kind of entrepreneur, and, as such, has to learn how to set goals and achieve them, to think independently, to identify opportunities and potentials, to take responsibility, to be creative, and so on. Therefore, this training is important and useful for both teachers and students.
The learning in the course and the writing of the summary work included a brainstorming session that strengthened the teachers' teamwork and even brought us closer.
We were exposed to important concepts from the business world, such as a business plan, product life, intellectual property, intelligent consumerism, etc.
In conclusion, I would like to thank Galit Zamler for a fascinating, professional, relevant, and thought-provoking course."
"During the 'Education for Entrepreneurship' course, we were introduced to the concept of entrepreneurship. We learned about the abilities, skills, and professions that the entrepreneur has, and is required to have, to find opportunities that can be realized.
We also dealt with the term 'entrepreneurial thinking,' which consists of the entrepreneur's varied thinking abilities (such as creative thinking, critical thinking, and flexible thinking) and presented the conditions required for an entrepreneurial process (a complex process of realizing an idea and putting it into practice).
The teachers' training in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education enabled us to acquire entrepreneurial skills that are important for everyone in today's world.
The idea of entrepreneurial education is based on the concept of entrepreneurship, which is characterized by the ability to analyze and change situations and the ability to create new conditions.
Cultivating entrepreneurship involves developing the learner's intellectual independence, encouraging creativity, innovation and taking responsibility, and encouraging him to put ideas into practice.
At the end of imparting the theoretical knowledge in the framework of the course, we were asked to divide into teams of 5-6 teachers and develop an entrepreneurial program together to formulate an idea and try to turn it into reality.
After intense brainstorming, we formulated an idea for an initiative that proposes the development and implementation of a comprehensive gender and sexuality education program.
We as a group, and I individually, recognized that there is a real need for such a program.
The meetings that took place every few weeks in the teachers' room contributed a great deal to me, both at the collective level and on a personal level.
On the collective level - I took an active part in the EFK program last year, which aims to encourage entrepreneurship education from an early age.
And on a personal level, I aspire to make a change and make a mark by realizing an idea.
During the course, I learned new concepts that enriched my knowledge of entrepreneurship.
Besides, I experienced and witnessed the students develop fantastic ideas and products as part of the entrepreneurship classes.
Finally, the work that we were asked to submit at the end of the course connected all the edges for me and enabled me to initiate and promote an idea that I believe in and would be happy to help shape and integrate into various educational frameworks throughout Israel.
As a teacher, I believe that this program has the potential to train the next generation of students, teachers, and managers to be entrepreneurs.
The reality of life today and the dynamic world in which we live, obligates the educational institutions to ensure a relevant curriculum for its learners. Therefore, I see it as a key component to engage in entrepreneurship education.
I am confident that this process, which I began and experienced during the year, provided me with practical tools to use to foster entrepreneurial skills in my current and future students, empowering them and creating a learning environment that will generate initiatives both inside and outside the school."
"As we got deeper into the course, I found myself more interested in searching for my points of contact with entrepreneurship as a teacher and educator.
Although these are small initiatives within the classroom, they can certainly be significant to those I teach.
When we first met, to choose the subject for work, I was quiet at first because I did not believe that I could contribute to the formulation and writing of the initiative.
But, as the minutes passed, I felt myself being sucked into this vital issue and contributing to the realization of the initiative.
I enjoyed working with the teachers. Working in a team allows you to hear different opinions and to plan the best initiative.
Moreover, in the process of writing the paper, I became familiar with the teachers in my team, who in daily life I do not have too much interaction with them (each one works with different classes).
I think that the course and the writing of the venture idea contributed greatly to my professional development, and I will certainly use the knowledge and tools I have accumulated to advance the subject among my students and prepare them better for the future."
"This work summarizes the training we conducted throughout the year on entrepreneurship. During the course, we were exposed to a great deal of knowledge about entrepreneurship, stages in the planning of and establishing a project, and the skills required of the entrepreneur.
Additionally, we acquired tools to lead a project in the classroom, put together ideas for various projects, and received inspiration from a variety of projects we were exposed to during the meetings.
As part of this work, we were asked to present the educational initiative chosen by the team members, after brainstorming about an initiative that will meet the needs of the education system.
The joint work process was productive and included a variety of different ideas until the formulation of the chosen initiative. The teamwork contributed greatly to both the advancement of the initiative and the more in-depth familiarity of the team members.
In my humble opinion, it is essential to teach the subject of entrepreneurship in the education system to develop among the students' different values and skills that will be used later in their lives as adult citizens.
Also, the subject of entrepreneurship involves a different kind of learning that fosters openness and creativity, which contribute both to students and teachers."
"This paper is an outcome of a fascinating and challenging process in entrepreneurship, which we went through in the past year.
Throughout the process, we were introduced to much information regarding entrepreneurship across several different levels, which listed below.
Level one included exposure to knowledge and ways of transferring it through an entrepreneurship course.
The second level included working with the class, leading the students to develop and present ventures, as well as writing a business plan.
Level three involved the writing of this paper, which required us to develop an original educational initiative.
The guidance we received during the course helped me to focus, to set goals, and to concentrate on the main issues.
At the class level, I felt that the lessons were aimed at developing and nurturing the students' potential and capabilities.
The guidelines encouraged us to be open-minded, allowing each student to make choices and encouraging independence. This led to an active, entertaining learning process in which the students had great fun.
The teaching process was carried out in groups and one-on-one, which encourages independence and provides help and support.
For the students, the working in groups was creative, challenging, fruitful, empowering, and supported the realization of the potential of each student.
The complete and meaningful process that the students have undergone throughout the year, through a meaningful experience in all the stages of implementing the initiative, the unique learning environment, and the perception of teaching as a personal guidance, empowering, challenging, and supportive, can be, in my opinion, a positive and optimal learning experience.
On a personal level, the process required dedicating time both for independent work and for group work. The latter was very experimental and positive in my eyes, but also needed flexibility and compromise to overcome various constraints.
Moreover, throughout the writing of the work, I felt we managed well as a team, so the joint writing process contributed greatly to me, both in terms of strengthening my teamwork skills and in terms of mutual enrichment."
During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, a training session was held for the staff of Be'eri primary school.
At the end of it, Galit received this certificate.
"Dear Galit Zamler,
On behalf of all the teachers and students of Be'eri school,
We want to thank you for your guidance and support. You were very professional, challenging, and pleasant.
We appreciate your willingness to help produce the "Global Entrepreneurship Week" event in our school and in inviting various entrepreneurs to lecture in front of our students.
We wish to continue this lucrative cooperation,
With great appreciation,
Amalia and the Be'eri family."
Amalia Swisa, Ramot Weizmann school principal, wrote this on November 7, 2016:
"In honor of
Ms. Galit Zamler,
Re: Expressing Thanks and Appreciation
I want to express my gratitude and appreciation on behalf of myself and the educational staff for the support in implementing the school's identity in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship.
Thanks to the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program that you have developed, our students speak and think like entrepreneurs.
You are attentive to any request and provide professional, objective, and promoting responses.
I'm sure that you have had a substantial and significant part in developing our school's identity, and in integrating the entrepreneurship education with the community.
With great appreciation,
School principal Amalia Swisa,
And educational staff."
In light of the satisfaction, and the need to specialize in educating the students in entrepreneurship, the school chose Galit Zamler to lead a training course for the teaching staff on the subject of "meaningful learning - functional learning in entrepreneurship education during the 2017-2018 academic year".
A letter from Lee Glick, a teacher at the Katznelson school in Kfar Sirkin. She has been teaching entrepreneurial lessons based on the program syllabus to 6th-grade classes for the past two years.
May 24, 2016
"The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is an essential program for our children's generation.
I have been teaching it at our elementary school to 6th graders for two years, and I find it very important.
The children know about the program and eagerly await the lessons with excitement.
Since this generation is very curious and exposed to different areas of knowledge at the push of a button, even at a young age they should learn that they can contribute to the world and that they have a chance to do so as equals, regardless of religion, race, or gender, and, surprisingly, regardless of age as well.
Suddenly the children discover that they can be independent and delve into any field they want to and even make their mark. To help, to aid, to improve, to beautify.
Using the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program, I show and prove that small children are also partners in great inventions and that this is another subject applicable in life, alongside other subjects the children are interested in and excel at.
The children learn to think in more permanently what can be improved, invented, upgraded for a better quality of life. Sometimes students approach me after we've covered a topic, and sometimes a year later, it's important for them to let me know that they had an idea for a new project, and this is very exciting.
After the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program, children often feel like they are a part of society. They feel a sense of pride, hope, and belonging to an exceptional nation that is responsible for many very successful inventions. We make sure to emphasize this fact and show students many examples of inventions throughout the program.
Mrs. Galit Zamler accompanies the teacher throughout the entire program and, in the past, has even visited the school to meet the next generations of inventors and hear their ideas. I wish the program a great success.
Lee Glick, Katznelson school in Kfar Sirkin."
Dana Ben-Shitrit, the moderator of the entrepreneurship group of the Ofira Navon school in Kfar Saba, began teaching groups of 5th and 6th graders the entrepreneurship course in hopes of initiating projects.
After experiencing the entrepreneurship curriculum for kids, Dana wrote her impressions in a charming email:
"I sat down, transfixed for two hours at the computer, and read every single line of the documents you sent me, thirsty for more. Hat's off to you for the worthwhile and professional efforts," She said.
The teacher, Keren Mizrahi from the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, taught a group of 4th graders the entrepreneurship subject, accompanied by the lesson plans of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
This is Keren's letter after a productive year with projects, ideas, an industrial company visit, and a presentation of one of the projects to its executives. The program and its results overjoyed Keren and her students.
"My name is Keren, and during the last year, I was an instructor of a Young Entrepreneurs group, which was founded at the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa.
It was the first project for all of us, so we experienced great excitement throughout the entire process.
I remember the meeting with Galit, in a cafe in Tel-Aviv, where she demonstrated to us what we needed to try and teach our students as well as how effectively teach them about entrepreneurship.
In that meeting, I found the materials very interesting, but I didn't really understand how the students would learn all this content or how it would affect them.
It was my mission as an instructor to put the material into a correct and desirable form, meet students weekly as a group to consolidate their thoughts, enrich their entrepreneurial knowledge, refine the burst of ideas, etc.
Indeed, the young entrepreneurs arrived weekly, and wrote ideas in a notebook, so at each meeting, we were flooded with ideas which the students had formulated from needs that they identified by looking at the surroundings, great ideas by considering the things that had been taught in the lessons, etc.
It turned out that all of the ideas were either expanded upon or led to another idea during the group discussion. The discussion is what made us all excited, motivated us to keep going, and created a yearning to initiate those ideas.
The learning method was very experiential to the kids. The information received in the presentations, the diversified activities, and the group tasks stirred something within them and encouraged more creative thinking. Additionally, it brought about the desire to create something by themselves. The examples led us to think about a product.
After the experiences, the flow of ideas, and time pressure, we filtered out the many ideas, and the group chose several feasible ideas that they wanted to promote. Groups were formed, and the children busily worked together to produce the products.
The products were presented to the parents, the teachers, and the executive staff. The students' sense of pride was considerable.
We also presented one of the products to relevant factory managers.
Now the year has ended, and we have benefited. We have a desire to think, to keep initiating, to dare, etc.
Summing up the project, the kids stated that they acquired great skills for the future and that the activity was experiential and fun for them.
I was overwhelmed with happiness.
I would like to thank Galit, on behalf of myself and all the kids, for the incredible idea, for the great opportunity, for the professional training, and for the attentiveness as well as the willingness to help all the way through. We were able to plant the entrepreneurship seeds in each of the kids in the group. I am sure that the seeds will continue and flourish.
Reali School in Haifa - Branch Ahuza"
Pupils of the Noam Mohaliver school in Bnei Brak learned entrepreneurial lessons from the variety of our program content.
At the end of the school year, school principal Dvora Bar-On wrote:
"This year, we've started in our school an entrepreneurship program led by Mrs. Galit Zamler.
Galit has guided the team in running the program, generating ideas, and creating education and training materials as well as the operation for the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Entrepreneurial skills are necessary to adapt to a changing environment. The 21st century and its enormous global developments require us to prepare students for integration into the rapidly changing world.
As part of entrepreneurship education, the students have used social initiatives outside and inside the school. They have learned to gather data, to plan, check out alternatives, to wonder, make mistakes, not to give up, and to try until success.
The entrepreneurship program also inspired the staff to develop innovative educational projects (Ted children, learning outside of school, etc.)
Next year we will continue to develop and refine the program and respectively, the entrepreneurial abilities of the staff and students.
Thank you, Galit
We'd love to continue to cooperate
Tova Goldstein, the principal of the Aliyot school in Ramat-Gan, was the first to implement the children's entrepreneurship program, back when she was the principal of the Moreshet Moshe school in Ramat-Gan.
This year, the program was taught in the Aliyot school under the guidance of the teacher, Levana Greenfeld.
At the end of the year, Tova wrote the following:
Thank you for leading the young entrepreneur program at the Aliyot school.
The program was very comprehensive. Your teacher's guide was challenging and very profession. You taught our staff a great deal about entrepreneurship.
The cooperation of the teacher and students led to significant learning. I hope to continue the collaboration with you next year as well. Have a nice vacation."
Ronni Shtekler, an English teacher and the English coordinator of the HaIrisim School in Karmiel, has been teaching her students for several years one subject from the syllabus of the entrepreneurship course during the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
During the 2014 GEW, Ronni taught the lesson: Entrepreneurship - Everyone Can. Galit designed the material as a one-off lesson plan that would allow kids to get a taste of entrepreneurial thinking.
Ronni's connection to the entrepreneurship subject is natural because, in addition to being a school teacher, she is an entrepreneur. She worked hard to develop the remedial education, English kit, Learn English and Remember.
After teaching three 6th grade classes using this lesson plan, Ronni wrote the following email:
As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, I taught a class with portions of the entrepreneurial program that you developed.
As you know, every year, in our school, we teach an entrepreneur class for our senior students. Every year, each student shows great interest and involvement.
I wanted to thank you for the quality of the lessons, which are flowing, logical, and intriguing, so that one thing leads to another in a clear, natural, and rational way. The content is new and fresh for the students. Information is always passed on in intelligent yet understandable bits. The knowledge that is taught in the lesson enriches the students as it firmly binds it to their lives. As a result, the students obtain information and remember for a long time. This maintains the enthusiasm and interest of the students who are always wanting to know, 'When will the next entrepreneurship class happen?'
Galit, teaching something suitable for the 21st century, is a subject that has often been spoken about in the last few years. Your lessons are exactly like this. The content and wisdom passed on are relevant to the ever-changing reality, and breaks the divides between school and the outside world, using balanced and well-considered technologies with the goal of furthering that content in the best possible way, as well as developing thinking, problem-solving, cooperative, and ethical learning.
With much respect and gratitude,
Teacher at HaIrisim school"
The Mordei HaGeta'ot school in Ramat-Gan celebrated the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week through an event called Entrepreneur Cafe, for the teachers, parents, and students at the school.
This event was attended by mature entrepreneurs, youth, and kids who shared their experiences and insights as entrepreneurs with the audience. Parents also heard a lecture by Galit Zamler, the developer of the entrepreneurship program for young students. Galit talked about the importance of entrepreneurial education from a young age.
During the week, many entrepreneurs came and shared their journey with students in grades 4th-8th. Every class listened to at least two lectures from entrepreneurs in different fields.
At the end of this very fruitful week, this letter below was written:
"To Galit Zamler,
We very much appreciate and acknowledge your willingness to take part in producing the GEW event at our school.
We thank you for your full participation in planning the event and for executing our Entrepreneur Cafe meeting from the get-go through initiative recruitments and your lecture on integrating the entrepreneurship studies into the curriculum.
We also thank you for your help in recruiting entrepreneurs to meet with the children and for involving us in the scheduled events of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Israel.
We are inspired by the way you teach and the guidance you've given to the kids and the teachers over this last year regarding entrepreneur leadership (for the Juniors and Seniors), which lead us to make some very impressive and fascinating initiatives come to life. We so appreciate you and what you do.
With much respect,
Ronni Shasha, Principal, Mordei HaGeta'ot school
Sarit Zigler, Vice Principal, Initiative head, Mordei HaGeta'ot school
And all Mordei HaGeta'ot teachers and parents"
This is a thank you letter from the Noam Mohaliver school, headed by Dvorah Bar-On, to Galit Zamler for her lecture and help in recruiting guest entrepreneurs during the 2014 GEW.
A group of outstanding students from HaShalom school in Mevaseret Zion is participating in the Amirim program, in which the students learn weekly entrepreneurship lessons.
This is a letter from Sigal Bar, the school VP, who leads this program.
To whom it may concern,
Subject: Entrepreneurship for Kids Program - Galit Zamler
I want to express my appreciation to the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program, written and taught by Galit Zamler.
During the 2013-14 school years, Galit Zamler accompanied me in an entrepreneurship course I was teaching at school as part of the Amirim program for outstanding students.
The contents which Galit wrote enriched my world and the world of the students and was a significant part of the course.
Besides, many thanks to Galit for her time and efforts. She taught me how to explain the content and guided me during the school year. She was patient and very willing to further the subject of entrepreneurship in our school.
I must also thank Galit for allowing the students and me to enrich meetings with entrepreneurs from Israel and around the world.
I wish us all a continuous and fruitful cooperation in the next school year. I do not doubt that Galit's rich knowledge of entrepreneurship and the way the texts are written, enabling us to have a creative and unusual experiential learning.
With much appreciation,
VP, Head of the Amirim program."
At the end of the third year in which the Mordei HaGeta'ot school, an educator for leadership, entrepreneurship, and business, integrated and developed entrepreneurial thinking, school principal Ronni Shasha wrote the following letter:
Where are there more people like you?
You function like an Energizer bunny, solid, and discreet, but you are fire and flame in action. All the words in the world can't describe your actions and your investment, which has no day nor night.
Neither could all the words in the world describe my honest impression of your amazing personality.
The Mordei HaGeta'ot school and I were privileged to know you. You are every principal's ultimate dream and an inspiration to any person.
You are the subject of my appreciation and admiration,
Principal, Mordei HaGeta'ot school"
To read more about the school's application of the program, go to schools that teach entrepreneurial skills.
A letter from Tali Toledano, the Kaplan school principal, applying over the last few years, modules of the EFK program.
"The Kaplan municipal school, Petah Tikva
Our thanks and appreciation
To Mrs. Galit Zamler
I want to express my full appreciation and thanks to the fantastic teaching the courses at our school. As a school teaching entrepreneurship, the Young Entrepreneurs' course enriches students by enabling them to dabble in and experience Entrepreneurship in real life. These meetings inspire the students in addition to the school entrepreneurship curriculum itself.
You taught this course with professionalism, flexibility, sensitivity, and understanding.
The kids have experienced meaningful meetings, developed creative thinking, learned cooperation skills, such as how to break barriers of thought, and gained entrepreneur skills.
Your ability to build, every year, a course that fits the school's needs, and the students', according to age, and knowledge is appreciated.
Thanks to you, we have turned Global Entrepreneurship Week into a tradition where we learn and act in a way that is focused on entrepreneurship and initiatives. You have opened the student's eyes to the real world of entrepreneurship through lectures on different subjects where the students have the opportunity to hear the story behind various ventures. These meetings gave the students the faith that their dreams and ideas can come true and helped them realize that being an entrepreneur is possible.
These visits let the kids meet company employees, hear about their initiatives, and the processes they've gone through in developing their ventures.
Einstein once said: 'Example isn't another way to teach; it is the only way to teach.' You are a real example of entrepreneurship for all of us.
We very much appreciate this partnership in the conduct, guidance, and counseling.
For all this, I wanted to say many many thanks from the students and faculty alike.
Tali Toledano, Principal, Kaplan school Petah Tikva"
The following is a letter written by Ronit Barel, the Tze'elon school principal in Be'er Ya'akov.
Ms. Galit Zamler
Subject: Thanks and gratitude
Over the last several months, you have accompanied and helped, with all your heart and soul, to integrate the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program in the Tze'elon school community.
You have devoted a lot of time to creating meaningful educational and relevant content, stemming from many presentations and videos, as well as cooperation with school staff.
Furthermore, on many occasions, you helped in bringing in entrepreneurs from different disciplines to come and share with the Tze'elon students all those qualities and characteristics that are essential for an entrepreneur.
Your integration into the school's activities was and still is, very noticeable.
You have directly contributed to the contents of the sentence 'Leading initiatives at Tze'elon', which, with your help, turned from a verbal slogan to a real way of life that we now follow.
For all this, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts and acknowledge you and your blessed actions.
Way to go!
Ronit Barel - Principal, educational staff and student/parent community
For a few years now, the English teacher at the HaIrisim school, who also initiated the learning card kit To learn and remember English, has celebrated the GEW at her school.
She aimed to expose students to the world of entrepreneurship and help every kid believe in his/her abilities. Moreover, she wanted them to see the wealth of opportunities for self-realization and achievement.
During this week, Ronni picks one subject out of the entrepreneurship course syllabus and teaches it to her class.
During the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week, Galit cooperated with SpaceIL entrepreneurs who work toward landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. Noam Tene, a SpaceIL volunteer, came to the school and told the 5th and 6th-grade students about the spacecraft project.
At the end of the week, Ronni wrote the following:
This week, as part of GEW, we enjoyed a fascinating lecture from the children's entrepreneurship program, EFK. The talk was completely based on a presentation you had given us, part of your program. This presentation was well-built and suited the 5th and 6th grades at our school. Students had fun and asked for more!
I wanted to thank you for your contribution and for sharing your entrepreneurial knowledge with the kids as well as for presenting the material in a tasteful, easy-to-understand, fun way.
Many respects and great success in the future,
Ronni Shtekler, Teacher
HaIrisim School, Karmiel"
Mazal Shalev, the Mathematics coordinator at the Brenner school in Givatayim, taught a group of outstanding students, as part of the Amirim program, a weekly class on Entrepreneurship from the program's syllabus.
The Brenner school was so satisfied with the program that Mazal is continuing to teach the same class this year.
Subject: Business Entrepreneurship Program for Amirim Students, at the Brenner School in Givatayim
During the 2012-13 school year, I taught a group of 4th-grade students in Amirim program, business entrepreneurship.
While building the course content, I came across Galit Zamler's website and realized it had the materials I wished could be taught to my students.
I contacted Galit, who was more than willing to assist me. She met with me at school and exposed me to the Entrepreneurship for Kids (EFK), a program that was very interesting, understandable, enriching, and challenging.
Galit gave me the guidance, materials, presentations, and techniques, and I went on my way.
As part of the program, students were given theoretical knowledge and practical experience regarding the creation of a social/business initiative:
As the Purim holiday approached, students gathered costumes that were no longer in use by other students at the school.
Two weeks before the holiday, the school held a costume sale at reasonable prices. Amirim students experienced working through an initiative they developed.
They marketed their initiative, gathered the costumes, priced them, and on the day of the sale, worked as salespeople. Dresses that weren't sold were donated to a pre-school.
Towards the end of the year, students asked to share their experience with students coming to the 4th grade the following year. The current students knew that the younger students would also be expected to go through EFK and create a business initiative.
One group of students created a short presentation from the content they learned and presented it to the 3rd and 4th-grade classes. In doing so, students sharpened their public speaking skills, answered questions, and helped to spark the younger students' interest.
Another group of students chose to create a patent book of the innovative ideas they considered and presented it to the students.
The Initiative program was a success at our school. The kids very much loved the program and learned a lot from it. Many parents also expressed their satisfaction and interest in the program.
Therefore, we would like to deepen the students' knowledge and continue the program for another year.
Thank you, Galit, for the initiative, your seriousness, and your genuine willingness to help and contribute to the education of our students.
Hila Atias Almagor led entrepreneurship studies at the Amirim School in Binyamina. Hila is an entrepreneur who deals in business feasibility and consulting, specializes in the collaborative economy, and blogs for Shareable Lifestyle.
The program was accompanied by the EFK program's modules, guest entrepreneur lectures, 'Barbari' Health Bar initiative, and a visit to the Playcast start-up company.
At the end of the program, the young entrepreneurs received certificates of participation, and Hila received a thank you letter for her contribution.
Amirim school principal, Galit Goren, wrote Hila the following gratitude letter:
The students of the Amirim school and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your great contribution to our school.
We appreciate your endless engagement and investment in this course. You established a group of learners and molded them into a group of entrepreneurs. Every week you discovered a tremendous dedication. Every discussion was lead in dialog, interactive use of tools, and group operation.
The kids learned persistence, responsibility, creativity, how to stand in front of a crowd, how to deal with problems and find solutions, how to recognize opportunity, and, most importantly, how to have faith in their abilities.
One of the most significant moments was when I joined in the final meeting and saw a group of kids who fulfilled and prideful of the work they had done.
Hila, thanks again for your engagement and endless efforts, your patience and listening, your dedication to the kids, and of course, your wisdom and professionalism.
Thank you for everything - You made it BIG!
Attached here a copy of the original letter.
At the end of the GEW, the guest entrepreneurs who came to lecture at the Yad Mordechai school in Bat-Yam received a gratitude letter.
Here are some of the reviews the school principal and the school staff have written about the program and the annual entrepreneurial study process with 4th-grade students:
School principal Ronni Shasha wrote:
"An amazing process! Way to go!
I wish I had ten free minutes on Friday to experience this myself.
We are enchanted by your commitment every time. You are absolutely incredible!!!
I am re-impressed each time.
Yesterday I heard about the process from the kids, their experiences, and the way they presented their plans. I simply melted."
Sarah Bahar, the vice-principal, wrote:
"I would like to use this opportunity to thank dear Galit,
Who spent her Friday mornings at our school.
She gave up her free time to give and give and give.
Even when we sometimes encountered technical and other problems,
Galit never gave up. She arrived promptly to teach our kids what it is to initiate and use the things they learn in their own initiatives.
Science teacher, Shirley Ben-Yaakov, entrepreneurship studies coordinator at the school:
"Last Friday, we had a charming and fruitful meeting in which the students made decisions regarding the approval of Ronni's ideas.
The students are excited and look forward to the coming Friday to start work.
Galit, thank you for your effort and input. You are a star!"
During Education Week, which takes place annually at Ramat-Gan schools, Galit Zamler was invited to get a certificate of appreciation.
Nurit Evenshietz, Education Coordinator and 5th-grade teacher at the Psagot School in Kiryat Bialik, taught an entrepreneurship course at her school with a selected group of students and wrote the following:
I wanted to thank you for your willingness to give me the well constructed and interesting program that you've made for FREE!.
Kindness is something that is taken for granted in the material world we live in.
You also expressed your willingness to meet with me in order to guide me and explain the contents and goals of the program. You really excited me.
I have started implementing the program. It was clear and organized by subjects. Every subject had a presentation with examples, pictures, and stories from the world of entrepreneurship.
The surprisingly well-organized program gives me the confidence to teach the initiative classes to a group of high achieving students at 'Psagot.'
The kids very much enjoy the array of stories, examples, and activities in the program. They are fond of the classes and feel special.
This week, an entrepreneur spoke with them. The class presentation was entitled 'The Entrepreneur Sees Opportunity in Problems.'
Of course, we started an initiative on Tu Bishvat: kids entrepreneurs sold orange juice or Mint Lemonade to other kids in the school. This first initiative was a great success. We hope that the second initiative will be successful, as well. We plan to have makeup, face painting, and nail decorating stand during Purim."
The kids are constantly coming up with new initiative ideas.
I know that you are always upgrading and improving the program.
I would be glad to meet with you soon and hear about all the changes you've been making.
With much appreciation,
Read more about the Psagot young entrepreneur's initiative on the "Kids Initiate" page.
The following was written by the Blich high school principal:
"We would like to express our appreciation and thank you for coming and teaching a fascinating lesson to our students during Owl day (A day of lectures by various professionals).
Sigal Sharon - 9th House Administrator
Revital Levgoren - School Principal"
Read more about this session on the page describing education for entrepreneurship in schools.
The following year, guest entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of the program, arrived once again to the Owl Day at the Blich High School and the gratitude letter below was sent to them:
"To Mrs. Galit Zamler
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart and express my full appreciation for your lecture to the students on the day they received their diplomas (Owl Day) January 17, 2013.
Your lecture contributed to the celebratory spirit of the day, enriched the students, and gave them another perspective on different fields that are not taught at school.
I wish you many more years of fantastic achievements and hope this event paves a road for future fruitful cooperation.
"May 27, 2011
To Whom It May Concern.
It was my pleasure to teach three Entrepreneurship for Kids Program meetings, developed by Galit Zamler, here at the HaIrisim school in Karmiel, for grades 4-5-6 (nine classes altogether).
The classes affected every single one of the students. They were excited and inspired by each meeting. The students' original ideas for initiatives and personal visions for their future revealed something so essential to living a meaningful life.
The modules are built perfectly and combine fascinating activities, illustrative tools, videos, as well as presentations and are thus engaged and interested. The students waited in anticipation for the entrepreneurship classes and always asked as to when the next class would take place.
Furthermore, students were always active during these sessions. Every last student was involved with the content of the class.
To sum up, I would like to thank Galit Zamler for developing such a coherent, knowledgeable, and comprehensive program, which was delivered in such an inspiring way."
HaIrisim School, Karmiel.
"To Galit Zamler, the developer of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
Subject: Thank You for Enriching Lectures
We want to thank you for the enriching lectures you gave to our 6th-grade students on entrepreneurship.
Kaplan is a school that has engraved entrepreneurship studies on its flag. The lectures, integrating examples from real-life business and the kids' close environment, as well as the presentations, videos, activities, and media coverage, enriched the learning process in the classroom and gave our students another way of exploring subjects beyond what is taught in the school. The teaching was professional, interesting, and experiential.
Besides, we would like to thank you for the cooperation and help in inviting entrepreneurs to give lectures to the different grades in our school during the event: "Kaplan initiates non-stop."
Kudos to your social initiative!
Dina Lieberman - Educations and Entrepreneurs coordinator
Tali Toledano - School Principal"
Zehava Mesinger - the Moreshet Moshe School principal wrote:
"Good Evening, Galit
I read the article and enjoyed it.
Yes, I do agree with every word written.
There is no better proof than the experience at our school. The kids enjoyed your classes, and the entire school appreciated the Kiosk initiative.
I will forward this to other principals and recommend it.
Way to go and good luck!
Orit Barashi, Geffen's mother shared her thoughts after her daughter attended the course at the Mordei HaGeta'ot School, and took part in the Shirt for any size initiative.
"The kids learned a wonderful process, as well as its result.
We hope for more exciting projects next year."
Shahar, Yair and Shani's father, who also took part in the Shirt for any size initiative, wrote:
"The kids gained an interesting and enriching process, which was also challenging. Thank you for the support and encouragement at every turn."
Yaara's mother, from the Moreshet Moshe school in Ramat-Gan, wrote:
"A huge thank you for the great and useful course.
Yaara Krause and family"
Libat, Omer's mother from Givatayim wrote:
"A Recommendation Letter
My 11-year-old son has been attending Galit Zamler's Entrepreneurship for Kids Program for several months.
He is very fond of this class, and we are talking about a boy who attends many different classes.
He goes to the class excited, learns the subjects that are taught before and after the sessions. He applies what he has learned in his personal life.
He is learning about advertising, marketing, independence, entrepreneurship, and personal initiatives.
Thus, in my perspective, he is advancing as an independent and aspiring human being.
Galit teaches the class with so much enthusiasm and sensitivity towards everyone who attends. Every session has a kind of freshness, so the children remain alert, interested, and wait all week for the class to commence.
I recommend this class for several reasons. This is a course that, even after it concludes, keeps teaching the kids/teens and because of the dynamic that is created among the teacher and student, and between the students themselves.
Shoshi, Yehonatan's mother from Ramat Gan wrote the following:
Mrs. Galit Zamler
Subject: Business Entrepreneur Class at the Moreshet Moshe School
I want to thank you for the enriching and pleasing experience my son received in the aforementioned class.
The class is held in a methodical and organized way, and in every session, the students receive a synopsis so that we, the parents, can read about what is taught in the classroom.
I read this synopsis often, and each time I am impressed with the quality and range of the material taught to our children.
From conversations with my son, I have learned that the students understand the sometimes very complex terms and processes that are passed on in an easy, flowing language, through examples and explanations that they can understand.
Also, you support the experiential side of the class and utilize presentations, movies, etc., to deepen the children's interest.
The highlight of the experience is opening and managing a real business initiative in the schoolyard.
On this subject, I was very impressed with the way you supported the children and, at the same time, let them run things on their own. They held discussions themselves, tried to foresee problems, engaged in negotiations with the school principal, planned, and executed the initiative.
I feel that the program enriched my son. He learned so many terms, and gained so much knowledge, and most importantly, had fun.
Children today are exposed to many informational mediums that include descriptions and terms of the business and financial worlds.
It seems to me that today, my son will be more alert when he comes across business information and will have a better understanding of the subject.
Good luck in the future,
Orna, Nofar's mother, wrote:
"To Galit Zamler,
Instructor of the business entrepreneurship class,
As I flip through the summary pages of every session, I really enjoy hearing my daughter speak about the program.
I see here that you've introduced a kiosk at our school (Great idea). I also heard that you held visits by guest entrepreneurs with experience, including some that dealt with books and games.
"Nofar very much enjoys preparing her homework for the class and does it eagerly. My daughter also showed me the website that you are building, and I love it.
I saw the photos you've uploaded from the course (very lovely).
The class helps Nofar and teaches her new things. I think that Nofar will very much enjoy attending the course again next year and I'll be happy too.
I am happy with her and with all that she's learned from the class.
Sussie, Dvir's mother, wrote:
"To Galit Zamler,
Subject: Business Entrepreneurship for Kids
I would like to thank you for the initiative and the idea of having a business entrepreneurship class for young people.
Your actions have given my son, Dvir, great ideas for testing tools for business entrepreneurship - developing a vision, creative thinking, information gathering, copywriting, setting and obtaining goals, decision making, building a company, and more.
The course taught my son that kids, too, can think independently and creatively. Moreover, it has shown him that it is possible to be an entrepreneur at a young age with a little courage, a lot of planning, and just enough persistence.
Dvir thoroughly enjoyed the class, partly because of the content passed on using presentations, games, and exercises and partially due to a guest lecturer who illustrated to the kids the process an entrepreneur goes through.
Galit, being a relaxed, pleasant, and knowledgeable person, has greatly contributed to the success of the course.
I, of course, will highly recommend this program to all parents looking into it for their kids.
And perhaps at this time, I shall add - Thank you.
Yaffit, Elamar's mother, wrote:
"February 3, 2010
Mrs. Galit Zamler
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful course you teach to young entrepreneurs.
My daughter takes your class. She enjoys every one of the enriching sessions. The class has expanded her worldviews to new horizons.
I have noticed that following this session. She has developed an exceptional level of interest and knowledge on the subject of entrepreneurship. She is keen to explore and advance every new topic beyond a theoretical level.
The way that you teach the kids on their level so that they can understand the materials has greatly contributed to the success of the course. You treat them like young entrepreneurs and not as children.
The fact that you shared them in everything concerning the establishment of the kiosk made them feel important and influential.
A Chinese Student Who Participated in an Entrepreneurship Workshop in Israel
Three years after visiting Israel and participating in an entrepreneurship workshop, Galit Zamler received the letter above.
According to the student, the workshop significantly impacted him along the way. It was exciting to receive such a letter after three years.
Students of the Ulpana Amit Lehavah in Kdumim
Seventh-grade students at the Ulpana Amit Lehavah in Kdumim participated in a youth entrepreneurship course led by teacher Yael Shapira.
At the end of the first school year and with two projects already behind them (read all about it on the Kids Initiate page), we held a concluding meeting where the students shared their experience regarding the learning process throughout the year and their project outcomes.
The students summarized their entrepreneurship studies as follows:
Tal: "We learn from a young age what others learn at a much older age.
My conclusion is that you can do anything. It takes a little while and goes through a series of ideas, but you succeed in the end."
Yael: "I've learned that with teamwork, you move ahead much better and much faster."
Shahar: "The project is not about individual work but teamwork. Each one contributes their knowledge and abilities, and together it adds up to 100% success."
Other students said:
"It felt we were doing now at a young age everything that adults do too."
"We had a lot of activities during the program. The course catered to girls who want something beyond."
"Entrepreneurship is a process that takes time. When you get down to the details, you realize that it requires hard work."
Third Graders at the A.D Gordon School in Kfar Saba
In the 2018-2019 school year, the A.D Gordon students participated in entrepreneurship classes based on the Israeli EFK Program.
Teacher Tal Tabib wrote about how the children summed up the year:
"The initiative develops friendship and teamwork."
"I felt like I was older and that I was in high-tech, and that was a good and weird feeling."
"Entrepreneurship is fun. I've found new friends."
"It was hard for me to improve things over and over again. It was hard for me to make decisions because everyone thinks differently."
"It was difficult to choose, for example, what the logo would look like on the business card."
"It was easy to prepare the presentation because we were a cohesive and experienced group."
"I think entrepreneurship is essential because, in the future, we will need this profession, an important subject for life."
"This is one of the most fun lessons at school, interesting and develops thinking."
From Morashton - Moreshet Moshe School Newspaper, May 2010
This year we opened the new Entrepreneurship for Kids Program, instructed by Galit Zamler, at our school.
As a final production, we established the Entrepreneur's Kiosk. The kiosk was open for only three days.
At the kiosk, we sold different varieties of candy at a lower price. It is important to note that all proceeds benefited the school and students.
A similar course will commence next year for the kids in the 4th-6th grade and is strongly recommended for all.
What are the kids saying about the course?
Shai: I really had fun during the establishment of the kiosk. I recommend it to everyone.
Yehonatan: I think it was a lot of fun building the kiosk, and the kids enjoyed it too. If you like entrepreneurship, I recommend it.
Barak: I suggest that everyone signs up and experience this!
Itai: I'm happy that for the first time there is a kiosk in the school and I hope that all the kids like it!
Public opinion: (Tamir from 1st grade) It's really great they opened a kiosk here at school because the prices are lower than other shops.
It is important to note that the kiosk was established with the school principal, Mrs. Zehava Messinger's approval. She encourages new initiatives at the school."
Fourth Graders at the Yitzhak Shamir School in Holon
Fourth graders at the Yitzhak Shamir School in Holon participated in a year-long entrepreneurship course for children.
Entrepreneurs from various disciplines inspired the children. Throughout the course, children raised ideas for inventions and checked whether they already exist or not. If so, the kids found a way to improve them, prepared models, and presented them in their classrooms.
At the end of the course, the students were asked: What did you learn from the process?
The following are selected representative responses:
- "I learned that if you have an idea, put it into action. You can go far. All you have to do is realize the idea."
- "I enjoyed the process very much. It was enjoyable, and I learned a lot of things I did not know."
- "It was fun to invent a new idea and to succeed. I really loved this experience."
- "I learned how to go out to the market with an idea."
- "I learned that I can do things I did not know I can and that I like entrepreneurship."
- "I learned to demonstrate a great deal of creativity. I've shown myself a new skill, and it was fun to work in a team."
Many other responses are presented here in this presentation:
Fourth Graders at the Dvora Omer School in Netanya
Two classes at the Dvora Omer School in Netanya participated in entrepreneurship classes led by teacher Miri Yishai after Miri was exposed to entrepreneurship subjects during the "Initiating Teacher" course.
Till the end of the school year, many ideas for projects were developed.
Students who participated in the social project "With the heart to show that I care" summed up their entrepreneurial process:
Emma wrote: "I feel that I am doing something good for others and making them happy, and so does everyone who joined me."
Amit wrote: "I have learned that I and some other children can somehow influence the future of some needy families. I am happy to donate, and I feel that I am doing a good thing that helps and affects others."
Rotem wrote: "I had a lot of fun contributing and going to people's homes."
Romi said: "It was important to me that people know that I like to give and contribute. I had a lot of fun going to people's homes and raising money."
Guy raised the idea for a social initiative: "Soccer Friendship." He summarized entrepreneurship studies as follows: "If you want to accomplish something, do not give up on it, fight for it."
Shira, who participated in the social initiative "CTC - Children Teaching children," wrote: "At the beginning of the project we had ups and downs, but we did not give up and stuck to the goal. The cooperation, teamwork, and dedication to the goal contributed to the success of the project."
Romi, who participated in the same entrepreneurial team, wrote: "It's important for me that people know that I worked very hard on the project with Shira."
Noya, who took part in the "CTC project - Children Teaching Children," addresses the need for determination in the process of implementing the project: "I took responsibility for myself. I told myself that no matter what, even if it was difficult, I would not quit or give up."
Students of the Yad Giora Middle School in Herzliya said:
Students from three 7th grade classes at the Yad Giora Middle School in Herzliya took part in entrepreneurship classes based on the Entrepreneurship for the Youth program.
During the program, they developed initiatives and took part in the competition, "Move Yourself." Four of them reached the final of the competition.
On the day of the final, Galit Zamler interviewed the entrepreneurs, and below are their answers:
Question: "In your opinion, do students need to study entrepreneurship?"
Shaked: "The entrepreneurship program gave me a lot of confidence in presenting the initiative and the courage to come up with ideas for ventures."
Rotem: "Yes, students need to study entrepreneurship because, even though we're only teenagers, we still have good ideas that can make the world a better place. A lot of times, teenagers' ideas aren't considered, but in the entrepreneurship classes, they are."
Elad: "Yes, we may be children, but even children can change the world. Lots of things that are used in the world are inventions of children."
Michael: "I believe that children have a lot more creativity than certain adults, and the entrepreneurship classes let us express it."
Question: "How would you market the entrepreneurship classes to other students?"
Rotem: "Other students should sign up because everyone who sees our initiatives understands that they, too, can have the opportunity to make their ideas for projects a reality."
Shaked: "The entrepreneurship classes develop your thinking and encourage you to raise ideas."
Elad: "I recommend signing up because many times, I think of ideas, and I haven't implemented any of them. This entrepreneurship course was the first time that I've also tried implementing them."
Michael: "Everyone in the world has ideas, but most of us don't have a way to express them. The entrepreneurship course helps people express their ideas."
Question: "What did you get out of the entrepreneurship classes other than making the initiative into a reality?"
Rotem: "Taking part in the entrepreneurship program gave me life tools and an understanding of how to take my idea and push it forward as well as how to do lots of new things. In my opinion, the things I learned are important for everyone to know how to do because those things will help the world."
Shaked: "The entrepreneurship classes developed my thinking skills and creativity."
The 4th-grade students from the Mordei HaGeta'ot school, participants of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program:
The students learned about the process of building an initiative, brought up ideas, and chose one initiative, which they later established themselves at school: Dog adoption day.
The children wrote about their insights and great enjoyment of the learning process in the attached letter:
"Entrepreneurship for Kids Program
Many thanks to dear Galit Zamler, the instructor of the Entrepreneurship Program at the school, whose every step is full of energy, smiles, devotion, and goodwill.
We learned a lot from the program and acquired skills for life!
Shaked, 4A: If you didn't come to our school, the initiative would not have existed.
Shai, 4A: We learned to initiate projects, and it was fun.
Maya, 4A: Thank you for supporting and helping us out during the year.
Lee, 4A: If you hadn't taught us entrepreneurship, these dogs would have no home.
Ma'ayan, 4A: Thank you for your help. We appreciate you very much. Thanks to you, we succeeded in our initiative.
Tomer, 4A: Thanks for teaching us entrepreneurship and how to be entrepreneurs.
Ronni A, 4B: Thanks for helping the adoption day succeed.
Shahaf, 4B: I had so much fun! Love, Shahaf.
Koren, 4B: Thank you for lots of help!
Ronni Z, 4B: Thank you! You taught us a lot.
Ariel, 4B: Thank you for teaching us what entrepreneurship is.
Tom, 4C: I learned how to manage life and had a lot of fun.
Tal, 4C: Thank you for supporting and teaching us. I hope we will meet in the future.
Adi, 4C: Thank you for every moment you were here teaching us entrepreneurship.
Nir, 4C: Thank you for helping during the tough moments.
Yahlee, 4C: Thank you. I hope you'll be here next year.
Yahav, 4C: Thanks! I was happy to learn how to work together."
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Chosen Quotes From Moreshet Moshe Students in Ramat Gan
"The workshop was fun and enriching. I especially enjoyed the guests that talked to us and all the presentations. Even though this is my second year already, I still enjoy it."
"When I came out of the entrepreneurship class, I knew it meant something, and then I had the idea to create bracelets and chains for sale. Now I make and sell them. It's all thanks to Galit Zamler, the entrepreneurial teacher, who taught me so much."
"I think the program is enjoyable and interesting, and I think I learned a lot of new stuff."
"The 'Business Entrepreneurship' program is very fun, and I learn a lot of new things.
"I really enjoyed the program, and I'm still learning lots of new things. The workshop is fun because of the games and exercises. I am so happy I signed up."
Selected statements from Kaplan Students' letters
- "I learned a lot from what you taught us. Thanks for coming. It was fun."
- "I wanted to thank you for coming to us and teaching us entrepreneurship. Thanks to you I learned a subject I now love much more than before. Thank you for caring about us. Thanks to your knowledge, my own has been broadened."
- "Thanks for developing my knowledge of entrepreneurship. You taught me a lot, and I enjoyed it very much. I especially enjoyed the 4th session in which we learned about Cloud technology. I love technological advancements, and it was very interesting to learn about it."
- "I very much enjoy your classes. I learned new things thanks to you and the presentations. I now understand about entrepreneurship. I learned many new things I didn't know. Now I know so much. I thank you for all you've taught us."
Tzuriel King - initiator of "Journey from Heart to Heart":
Tzuriel came to a lecture in front of sixth graders at the Katznelson School in Kfar Sirkin. The sixth graders study entrepreneurship with the teacher, Lee Glick.
At the end of the lecture, Tzuriel wrote:
"It is refreshing and a lot of fun to collaborate with others on the project "Entrepreneurship for Kids Program," which provides an opportunity for children all over the country to hear about extraordinary initiatives.
Thank you, Galit, for connecting me with the schools and for your leadership in this fantastic project!"
Einat Shamir - Shoval initiator - Hats and accessories:
At the end of the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week, Einat wrote:
"I want to thank you very much for the opportunity to give a lecture and be part of this fascinating project of yours."
Ronit Meiri- "YES, YOU CAN" initiator - Personal image and advancement:
Ronit, who usually lectures for adults and supports people to believe in themselves and their abilities, took part in the 2014 GEW as a guest entrepreneur.
At the end of the lecture, she wrote:
"Yesterday's talk on 'Kaplan' was challenging and left me wanting more.
The challenge was to adjust the 'YES YOU CAN' message to the kids.
Usually, my audience and clients are adults.
The experience was great fun for me. The whole experience and the belief that teaching kids and young adults positive tools and language make a better world. And I am glad to be a part of this blessed venture."
Ofra Avramovitz - MamaNet initiator:
"We will gladly continue taking part in this amazing project you're leading.
The lecture about MamaNet fascinated the children and as well as the staff and encouraged questions on entrepreneurship.
The MamaNet league keeps growing and developing and is working its way to national recognition."
Michal Brotfeld- "Art in String" initiator:
Michal participated as a guest entrepreneur during the 2013 and 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week and following her lectures at schools, she wrote:
"Well done! I always enjoy reading about this project and would, of course, be happy if you invited me to your next one."
Ayelet Titlebaum - creator and manager of the educational initiative Idea - "Creative Exercise":
Ayelet took an active part as a guest entrepreneur during the 2014 GEW. She talked to parents and teachers at the Entrepreneur Cafe event and also talked to students. Afterward, she wrote:
"Thank you for the chance and stage you've given me as well as for the opportunity to present my initiative as part of this special and breathtaking program."