Reviews and Recommendations of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program By Galit Zamler
On this page you will find testimonials, recommendations and letters of school principals, teachers, parents, students, guest entrepreneurs and others on the entrepreneurship program for children and on Galit Zamler's activities.
Testimonials of teachers, school principals and others
"Bechor Levi" School in Rehovot
The "Bechor Levi" school in Rehovot, under the management of Yafit Narbat, allows students to choose an annual enrichment course in the "Academon" 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 entrepreneurship 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.
The two teachers received professional guidance from Galit Zamler and wrote at the end of the year:
During the year, every Friday I met with students who chose to take an entrepreneurship course. In this program I taught about entrepreneur skills.
Personally, I've been very connected, and so are 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 the students were asked to initiate an invention that meets a need or a problem. I enjoyed seeing the students thinking and researching solutions that meet people's needs and the problems they were exposed to. After they found, 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 the 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!!
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 wish 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 very pleased to learn and teach the entrepreneurship course, I learned a lot of new things, 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, and all this thanks to the course that is gradually built and adapted to the needs of the children.
Wishing you many successes later in your path of integrity.
MASHAV - The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 in an experiential workshop the subject of education to entrepreneurship.
Damian Filut, the organizer of the delegation wrote:
Last week the students returned to their countries and officially we completed the course.
I would like 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, the attitude and the professionalism. They expressed their high satisfaction and send 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 for imitation and admiration.
Personally, I would like to thank you for your support and help with arranging the enriching and interesting visits.
Hebrew Academy School in Miami Beach, Florida
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!"
Foreign Ministry Training Center
In November 2017, a delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of leading educators from developing countries visited the Sadot School.
After a particularly successful visit, the delegation participated in a workshop by Galit Zamler on the subject of developing entrepreneurial mindset in K-12 Students.
Yudith Rosenthal, director of 'Mashav' agency in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote:
An international training named "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Education System" had ended a week and a half ago 12.11-1.12.2017 and I would like to thank you for an enriching, empowering and educating cooperation throughout the training.
The training's aim is to nurture an outline for both planning and implementing a module of teaching-learning - assessment processes amongst key position educators (Teachers and school principals, teacher educators, academics and policy responsible figures). Those processes will be based on successful and innovative modules which are learned during the course.
Our students encountered various topics: Israel's unique work module, wide range of existing activities and experiences in which both students and teachers take part, unique projects, unique pedagogical processes amongst the students and the teachers, research module which the students get to know from a young age, the incredible ability and independence of the students in the system, quality of educational activity and the rich variety and possibilities of the curriculum's content.
Your activity was enlightening, precise and full of thought-provoking insights on possibly required improvements or changes. The encounter with these materials as well as the ideas behind the processes and activities got the participants exited and filled them with ideas and challenges.
Your work sets an example for human, valuable and professional work, both nurtures and develops a meaningful, innovative and relevant education that consists an inspiring, successful, innovative, groundbreaking and unique module to assist meaningful learning through experimenting, independence, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Our students gained from the training in Israel and asked to give their gratitudes and warm regards.
On behalf of A.Ofri center, 'Mashav' and Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would ask 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 Mashav group that attended your workshop at Sadot school earlier this week.
Your workshop and the visit at the school inspired me so much, provoke my mind to a great level...
I totally believe that I can and will apply your program to my daughters and other kids in Vietnam."
"Ramot Weizmann" School in Yavne
The "Ramot Weizman" school, directed by Amalia Swisa, is a school that educates for multidisciplinary entrepreneurship and has been teaching modules from the program for several years.
The entire school staff participates in a 30-hour course on the subject of "Significate Learning - Functional Learning in Education for Entrepreneurship", led by Galit Zamler.
Following are the responses of the teachers participating in the course:
The Teacher Dafna: 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.
The teacher Hadar: The encounter helped me see the abilities of each student, and also to understand that I as a teacher can create success within the students.
The teacher Rachel: You awakened something that existed in me. Now I feel like daring more. We've been teaching entrepreneurship at Ramot Weizman for five years and I want to do something crazy with it.
The teacher Racheli: In the class, we perform such activities of self-belief and acceptance of the other, so the lesson plans are very relevant to us.
The teacher Ifat: 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 if failure occurs, it will not bring you down.
The teacher Bat Chen: I have been in entrepreneurship for seven years and I have finally received tools about how to take the entrepreneur's skills and connect them to the child's world. These lesson plans make the concepts tangible, while creating cooperation between the children and by helping them to motivate themselves.
The teacher Adi: There is risk taking, positive thinking and many other activities that bring children closer and connect them to entrepreneurship. I got ideas on how to hold the entrepreneurial class lessons in an understandable and easy way.
The teacher Dafna: Unlike other courses, the meetings held there are much more hands on. Everything is very orderly and structured, and it helps us to implement in the classrooms. I think that moving the students through this process is to make them think creatively.
At the end of the training course Galit wrote:
"The institutional training program at "Ramot Weizmann" elementary school was completed.
I had the privilege of getting to know a professional, attentive staff who aspire to give his students the best and who implements in practice multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship education."
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,
during the construction of a teaching program about entrepreneurship.
It is worth noting that we, too, the teachers' team, have learned something new and enjoyed transferring our new knowledge to our students in an experiential, original and very interesting 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 hears we would like to say thank you,
Amalia and the entire family of "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, interesting, adapted for the younger generation, and are also useful for the adults.
Teacher Osnat wrote:
"In your name lies the word Gal (wave), and today I have been flooded with huge waves of giving and opening the heart.
Hearing you today is simply 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 see a lot of satisfaction in your work.
Mitzpe Yamim School
The teachers of the "Mizpe Yamim" school in Ashkelon participated in three training sessions on the subject of entrepreneurship education in the school 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 ideas for us teachers, and strengthens the feeling that there is no limit to entrepreneurship."
" The knowledge that was passed today is interesting to the children, because it is relevant to their world."
"If I didn't know where to begin teaching entrepreneurship in the classroom, then now I know."
"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, and also that 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 an upcoming 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, how to encourage a creative thinking regarding 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, suddenly 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 inspired me in the entrepreneurial spirit and energies of entrepreneurship. I take it upon myself to market the activities and initiatives of the students in all the 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 guide. This is the first time I have experienced it."
"You exposed us to amazing things. I learned at every encounter other things I had not known before."
Yad Giora junior High School
In accordance with 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, the three 7th grade classes took part in entrepreneurship and economic thinking studies, accompanied by the program under the guidance of an external advisor, Mr. Ze'ev Schneider.
The students developed projects and some even won a regional competition of the Ministry of Education "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 "in the current year.
The subject is part of additional elective subjects that are taught at our school and this year the seventh graders studied it within the framework of 2 hours a week.
I would like to mention Mrs. Galit Zamler's help in promoting the subject in the school.
We asked for Galit's help and she did so in a courteous and professional manner. We also learned a number of methods on the subject and the collaboration with her continued 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"
Photocopy of the letter:
Mr. Ze'ev Schneider, leader of the program at Yad Giora Junior High, concluded the process at the end of the year:
This year we have started to teach our entrepreneurship and financial thinking program in Yad Giora Junior High in Herzliya.
The program was conducted to the 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, and were enriched by interesting lectures by entrepreneurs from various 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 screened a marketing video that described the nature of the project and its contribution to society.
The highlight was the participation in the "Move Yourself" project of the Ministry of Education - Tel Aviv District, which is a competition for social projects for youth, in which the students received certificates of appreciation for a social, ethical, creative, innovative and technological initiative.
Much of the success of the program is given to the director of the division, Ronit Cohen Matot, who initiated it and personally accompanied it throughout the year. Her support greatly helped the students' success.
The program participants contributed greatly to the content they learned and I am sure that they will use the tools they received in the future.
Attached Ze'ev's letter
In view of the satisfaction of all those involved in the junior high school, it was decided to continue the entrepreneurship studies accompanied by the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program in the next school year, this time in grades 7 and 8.
A.D. Gordon elementary school in Kfar Saba
The entire staff of the school participated in education in entrepreneurship training.
The 5th and 6th graders' teachers also taught classes in entrepreneurship throughout the year.
The students raised ideas for projects and some of them were implemented using models.
The learning process was concluded at a school event called "entrepreneurs convention" to which the mayor, parents and educators were invited.
As part of the training, the teachers, which worked in teams, planned their own projects, and after 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 every day on a regular basis.
The ideas each brought were fascinating and in the end, we created something that we all agree with and see it happening in the near future.
The idea of developing online challenge and thinking games with the students and integrating this with community activity connects very much to my education agenda, especially as the social coordinator of the school, a role in which I constantly think about how to integrate school activity into the community and contribute to the other.
As we have noted in the paper, each of the parties has benefited from the process and such entrepreneurial activity assures us as educators that we are developing citizens who will integrate well into the community, citizens who see the other and develop in any direction beyond professional directions. We hope that we will be able to integrate our idea into the "Entrepreneurship Greenhouse" program that we 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 the general school activity as a social coordinator."
"As part of the course, I was exposed to a fascinating new field.
I understand how entrepreneurial competencies are important and significant to success in life, and with them we can empower students and encourage them to progress and succeed in areas that are interesting and intriguing to them.
Education for entrepreneurship from an early age is a very relevant subject in our time, for students in particular and for the Israeli (and global) economy in general.
During the course, I gained knowledge and experience in the field of management and entrepreneurship and acquired practical tools in the field.
In my opinion, every teacher is a kind of entrepreneur, so he 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 effective for both teachers and students.
The learning in the course and the writing of the summary work included a brainstorming session that strengthened the work of the team among the teachers 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, important and thought-provoking course."
"During the "Education for Entrepreneurship" course, we introduced the concept of entrepreneurship. We learned about the abilities, skills and professions that the entrepreneur has and is required to have, in order 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 today for everyone.
The idea of entrepreneurial education is based on the concept of entrepreneurship characterized by the ability to analyze and change situations and the ability to create new situations.
The nurturing of entrepreneurship involves developing the student's intellectual independence, encouraging creativity, innovation, taking responsibility and encouraging him to take 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 with the aim of formulating an entrepreneurial idea and trying to turn it into reality.
After intensive thought of the group, 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 on education for entrepreneurship that took place every few weeks in the teachers' room contributed a great deal to me, both at the collective level (as a teacher at the "Gordon" School, who took an active part in a children's entrepreneurship program last year, which aims to encourage entrepreneurship education from an early age) and on a personal level (as someone who aspires to make a change and make a mark by realizing an idea).
During the course, I learned new concepts that enriched my personal knowledge of entrepreneurship.
In addition, I experienced and saw how the "Gordon" School students develop amazing ideas and products as part of 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 take shape and integrate into various educational frameworks throughout the country.
As a teacher in the education system, I believe that this understanding that educating entrepreneurs can train the next generation of students, teachers and managers to be entrepreneurs.
The reality of life today and the dynamic and changing world in which we live obligates the educational institutions to ensure a relevant curriculum for the learners, and therefore I see it as of central importance to engage in entrepreneurship education.
I am confident that this process, which I began and experienced during the past year, will give me practical tools in fostering 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, but they can certainly be significant for those soft souls I teach.
When we first met to choose the subject for work, at first I was quiet, I did not believe I could contribute to the formulation and writing of the initiative.
But as the minutes passed, I felt myself being sucked into this important issue and contributing myself to the formulation of the initiative.
I enjoyed working with the teachers. Working in a team allows you to hear different opinions and to formulate the best initiative.
Moreover, in the process of writing the paper, I became familiar with the teachers in the team, who in daily life do not have too much interaction with them (each one works with different classes).
I think that the course and the writing of the initiative contributed greatly to my professional development and I will certainly use the knowledge I have accumulated and the tools I have received to advance the subject among my students and prepare them better for the future of the 21st century."
"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 planning and establishing a project, and the skills required of the entrepreneur.
In addition, we acquired tools to lead a project in the classroom, put together ideas for various projects and received inspiration from a variety of projects to which we were exposed during the meetings.
As part of this work, we were asked to present the educational initiative chosen by the team members, out of a joint thinking 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 deeper acquaintance of the team members.
In conclusion, in my humble opinion, it is essential to teach the subject of entrepreneurship in the education system in order to develop among the students 21st-century values and skills that will be used later in their lives as adult citizens.
In addition, the subject of entrepreneurship entails the learning of a different kind, openness and creativity, from which both students and teachers contribute."
"This paper is an outcome of an interesting, challenging process in entrepreneurship, which we went through in the past year.
Throughout the process, we were introduced to a lot of information regarding entrepreneurship and learned it in several levels.
One level 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 and writing a business plan.
The third level was expressed in 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. It helped me set goals and concentrate on the main issues.
At the class level, I felt that the lessons were aimed at developing and nurturing the students' personal potential and capabilities.
The nature of the guidelines and that means being "open", broad, allowing each to make choices and encouraging independence, led to an active entertaining learning process in which the students had great fun.
The teaching process was carried out by group and individual guidance, which encourages independence and provides help and support.
For the students, the work environment in groups was creative, challenging, fruitful, empowering, and supported the realization of each's personal potential.
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 the personal level, the process required dedicating time both for independent work and for group work. The latter was very experienced and positive in my eyes, but also required flexibility, compromise and overcoming various constraints.
Moreover, throughout the writing of the work, I felt that the teamwork between us was good, so the joint writing process contributed greatly to me, both in terms of strengthening the teamwork skills and in terms of mutual enrichment."
Be'eri school in Netanya
During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, a training session was held for the staff of Be'eri primary school. At the end of it, this certificate was handed to Galit.
Dear Galit Zamler,
On behalf of all the teachers and students of Be'eri school,
We would like to thank you for 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 your help inviting various entrepreneurs to lecture in front of our students.
I wish us all to continue this lucrative cooperation,
With great appreciation,
Amalia and the Be'eri family.
Ramot Weizmann elementary school in Yavne
Amalia Swisa's letter, Ramot Weizmann school principal, from 7.11.2016:
"In honor of
Ms. Galit Zamler,
Re: Expressing thanks and appreciation
I would like 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 as entrepreneurs.
You are attentive to any request and provide a professional, objective and promoting response.
I have no doubt that you have a substantial and significant part in developing our school's identity, and in integrating the entrepreneurship education in the community.
In view of the satisfaction, and the need to specialize in educating the students in entrepreneurship, the school chose Galit Zamler in the 2017-2018 school year to lead a training course for the teaching staff on the subject of "meaningful learning - functional learning in entrepreneurship education".
Katznelson elementary school in Kfar-Sirkin
A letter from Lee Glick, a teacher at Katznelson school in Kfar Sirkin, who has been teaching for the past two years two 6th grade classes the entrepreneurial lessons based on the program syllabus.
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is a necessary and essential program for our 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 to great inventions, and that this is another subject applicable in life, alongside subjects the children are good at and interested in.
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, the children feel like they are a part of society. They feel pride, hope and belonging to a special nation that is responsible for many very successful inventions. We make sure to emphasize this fact and bring many examples.
Ms. Galit Zamler accompanies the teacher throughout the entire program and even joined us a great number of times at the school to meet the young generation and hear it. I wish the program a great success.
Lee Glick, Katznelson school in Kfar Sirkin.
Ofira Navon elementary school:
Dana Ben-Shitrit, the moderator of the entrepreneurship group of Ofira Navon school in Kfar Saba, began teaching groups of 5th and 6th graders the entrepreneurship course for children, in order to initiate projects.
With Dana's exposure to the program, she wrote her impression of the program 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 ...
Chapeau for the investment and the professionalism.
Hebrew Reali elementary school
The teacher Keren Mizrahi from The Reali School in Haifa, taught a group of 4th graders the entrepreneurship subject, accompanied by the lesson plans of the E-ship program for kids.
This is Keren's letter after a productive year with projects ideas, industrial company visit and presentation of one of the projects to its executives, and with the pure enjoyment of the students and Keren.
My name is Keren and in the last year, I was an instructor of a Young Entrepreneurs group which was founded at The Reali School in Haifa.
It was the first project for all of us so we have experienced the whole process with great excitement.
I remember the meeting with Galit in a cafe in Tel-Aviv, when she demonstrated to us what we need to try and teach the students and how to do it.
And how, exactly, in the same position, although it was very interesting, I didn't really realize how the students would learn all this content and how it would affect them.
And here was my mission as an instructor - process the material into the correct and desirable form, meet students weekly in order to consolidate them as a group, enrich their entrepreneurial knowledge, refine the burst of ideas, etc.
And 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, looking at the surroundings, advanced ideas, thinking of what had been taught in the lesson, etc. It turned out that all of the ideas had been expanded or had led to another idea during the group discussion, and this is what made us all excited, motivated to keep going and 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. It was apparent that this stirred something within them and encouraged more creative thinking and the desire to create something amongst themselves. The examples have led us to think about a product...
After the experiences, ideas and time pressure, we filtered out the sea of ideas and the group chose several feasible ideas that they wanted to promote. Working groups were created, and the children busily worked together in order to produce the products.
The products were presented to the parents, the teachers and the executive staff, and there was considerable pride.
We also presented one of the products to relevant factory marketers.
Now the year has ended, and we all felt that we benefited, with an initiator smile, with a desire to think, to keep initiate, 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.
And I... I was overwhelmed with happiness.
I would like to thank Galit, on my behalf and behalf of all the kids, for the incredible idea, for the great opportunity, for the professional training and for the attentiveness and the willingness to help all the way through. We were able to plant the entrepreneurship seeds in each of the kids in the group, and I am sure that the seeds will continue and flourish.
The Teacher Keren Mizrahi
Reali School in Haifa - Branch Ahuza
Noam Mohaliver primary school:
Pupils of Noam Mohaliver School in Bnei Brak learned entrepreneurial lessons from the variety of program contents.
At the end of the school year, school principal Dvora Bar-On wrote:
Recommendation / Review - Noam Mohaliver School
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, in ideas, in education and training materials and in the operation of the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Entrepreneurial skills are necessary for adaptation in a changing environment. The 21st century and the enormous global developments require us to prepare the students for integration in the rapidly changing world.
As part of entrepreneurship at school, the students have used social initiatives outside and inside the school. They have learned to gather data, design, check out alternatives, to wander and to err, to not give up and try again until success.
The entrepreneurship program also gave the staff an entrepreneurial spirit for the development of innovative educational projects (Ted children, learning outside of school, etc.)
Next year we will keep developing and improving the program and respectively, the entrepreneurial abilities of the staff and the students.
Thank you, Galit
We'd love to continue to cooperate
Tova Goldstein, the principal of 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 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 Aliyot school.
The program was very comprehensive. Your teacher's guide was challenging, teaching and very professional.
The cooperation with the teacher and the students led to significant learning.
Hope to continue in the next year.
Have a nice vacation."
HaIrisim primary school in Karmiel
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.
In 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week, Ronni taught the subject: entrepreneurship - everyone can, a subject that was designed as a disposable lesson plan in order to allow the kids to taste the entrepreneurial thinking.
Ronni's connection to the entrepreneurship subject is natural, since in addition to being a school teacher, she is an entrepreneur who developed the remedial education English kit, Learn English and Remember.
After teaching three 6 grade classes this lesson plan, Ronni wrote this next email:
As part of the Global Entrepreneurshipo Week, I taught a class with parts from the entrepreneurial plan that you developed.
As you know, every year in our school we teach an entrepreneur class for our senior students and every year, every single student shows great interest and involvement.
I wanted to thank you for the quality of the lessons, built with fluidity, sensibility and intrigue, where one thing always leads to the next in a natural, clear and logical way. The content is always new and fresh for the students- a combination of different bits of intelligence of passing on information. The knowledge passed on in the classroom widens the student's world view as it firmly binds it to their lives. As a result, the students keep this information for a long time and this keeps 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 topic often spoken of in the last few years. Your lessons were exactly that: The content and wisdom passed on are relevant to the ever-changing reality, and it 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 and cooperative, ethical learning.
With much respect and gratitude,
Teacher at HaIrisim school
Here is a photograph of the email:
Mordei HaGeta'ot school in Ramat-Gan
Mordei HaGeta'ot school in Ramat-Gan celebrated the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week with their event, Initiative Cafe for the teachers, parents and students at the school.
Participating in the event were senior entrepreneurs, young adults and kids that shared with the audience their experience and insights as entrepreneurs and the parents also heard a lecture by Galit Zamler, the developer of the program in entrepreneurship for young students about the importance of entrepreneurial education from a young age.
During the week, many entrepreneurs came and told their story to students in grades 4-8. Every class heard at least two lectures from entrepreneurs in different fields.
At the end of this very fruitful week, this next letter was written:
To Galit Zamler,
We very much appreciate and acknowledge your willingness to take part in producing the Global Entrepreneurship Week event at our school.
We thank you for your full participation in planning for the event and for executing our Entrepreneur Cafe meeting from the get go, through initiative recruitments and up to your lecture on integrating the entrepreneurship studies into the curriculum.
We also thank you for your assistance in finding initiatives for the meetings with the kids and involving us in the scheduled events of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Israel.
We are so full of appreciation and inspiration from the way you teach and the guidance you've given to the kids and the teachers over this last year on the subject of entrepreneur leadership (for the Juniors and Seniors) which lead us to make some very interesting and fascinating initiatives come to life.
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
The Noam Mohaliver primary school in Bnei Barak
This is a thank you letter from the Noam Mohaliver school, run by Dvorah Bar-On, for the lecture Galit Zamler gave and the help in recruiting guest entrepreneurs during the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The HaShalom primary school in Mevaseret Zion
A group of honor students from HaShalom school in Mevaseret Zion is participating in the Amirim program, in which they 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 would like 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 Honor students.
The contents which Galit wrote enriched my world and the world of the students, and was a significant part of the course.
In addition, my many thanks to Galit for giving her time and energy to teach me this content and to direct the teaching of this subject towards the central and important concepts. She was patient and very willing to further the subject of entrepreneurship in our school.
I must also thank Galit for giving the students and me the opportunity for enriching meetings with entrepreneurs from Israel and the world.
I wish us all a continuous and fruitful cooperation in the next school year. I have no doubt that Galit's rich knowledge of entrepreneurship and the way the texts are written enable us to have a creative and special experiential learning.
With much appreciation,
VP, Head of the Amirim program.
The Mordei HaGeta'ot school in Ramat-Gan
At the end of the third year in which the Mordei HaGeta'ot school, teaching for leadership, entrepreneurship and business, integrated and developed entrepreneurial thinking at his students accompanied our plan, school principal Ronni Shasha wrote the following letter:
Where are there more people like this woman...?
You function as an energizer battery, solid and discreet in nature, but you are a 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.
The Kaplan elementary school in Petah Tikva
Here is a letter from Tali Toledano, Kaplan school principal, applying over the last few years modules in entrepreneurship in education.
The Kaplan municipal school, Petah Tikva
Our thanks and appreciation
To Mrs. Galit Zamler
I would like to express my full appreciation and thanks for the fantastic teaching of the courses in our school. As a school teaching entrepreneurship, the Young entrepreneurs' course enriches the students, enables them to dabble and experience this in real life. These meetings enrich the students in addition to the school entrepreneurship curriculum.
You taught this course with professionalism, flexibility, sensitivity and understanding.
The kids have experienced meaningful meetings, developed creative thinkings, cooperation skills, how to break barriers of thought and entrepreneur skills.
Your ability to build, every year, a course that is fitting for the needs of the school and the students according to age and knowledge is commendable.
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 heard the story behind different initiatives. These meetings gave the students the faith that their dreams and ideas can come true, and that being an entrepreneur is possible.
Dear Galit, You have become a significant part of our school,
You orchestrated the student travel initiative - Student groups leave school grounds on tours visiting high-tech companies, the WIX Company and Side Kick Company.
These visits let the kids meet company employees, hear about their initiatives and the processes they've gone through.
Einstein once said: Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. And you are a true example of entrepreneurship for all of us.
We very much appreciate this partnership in 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
Tze'elon elementary school in Be'er Ya'akov
The following is a letter written by Ronit Barel, Tze'elon school principal in Be'er Ya'akov.
Ms. Galit Zamler
Subject: Thanks and gratitudes
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've invested precious time for the creation of significant educational and valuable content (stemming from which were many presentations and videos) and cooperation at its best with school staff.
Furthermore, on many occasions, you helped in bringing in entrepreneurs from different fields to come and share with the Tze'elon students all the qualities and properties that are essential for an entrepreneur.
Your mark on the work our school does was and still is, deeply felt.
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 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
HaIrisim elementary school in Karmiel
For a few years now, the English teacher at HaIrisim school, who also initiated the English learning card kit To learn and remember English, has been acknowledged Global Entrepreneurship Week at her school.
Her goal was to expose students to the world of entrepreneurship and help every kid believe in his/her abilities and 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, she created a kids initiative together with SpaceIL entrepreneurs who work towards landing the first Israeli space shuttle on the moon. Noam Tene, a volunteer in the initiative, came to the school and told the grades 5 and 6 students about the space initiative.
At the end of the week Ronni wrote the following:
This week, as part of GEW, we enjoyed a fascinating lecture from the young students' entrepreneurship programme. The lecture was based fully on a presentation you had given us about the program. This presentation was well built and fitted the 5th and 6th grades at our school. Students had fun and asked for more.
I wanted to thank you for your contribution and your endowment of entrepreneurial knowledge to the kids and tasteful presentation of material.
Many respects and great success in the future,
Ronni Shtekler, Teacher
HaIrisim School, Karmiel
Brenner primary school in Givatayim
Mazal Shalev, the Mathematics coordinator at the Givatayim Brenner school, taught a group of Honor students, as part of the Amirim program, a class on the subject of Entrepreneurship from the program's syllabus.
Because they were so satisfied with the program, Mazal is continuing to teach the same this year.
Subject: Business entrepreneurship program for Amirim students, Brenner school - Givatayim
During the 2012-'13 school year, I taught a group of 4th-grade students, in the Amirim program, business entrepreneurship.
While building the content for this group I came across Galit Zamler's website and realized this is the contents wish toed teach my group.
I contacted Galit who was more than willing. She met with me at school and exposed me to a program that was so very interesting, understandable, enriching and challenging.
Galit gave me guidance, material, presentation and I went on my way.
As part of the program, the students were given theoretical knowledge and practical experience in creating a social/business initiative:
For the upcoming Purim holiday, students gathered costumes that were no longer in use by other students at the school.
Two weeks before the holiday, the school held a sale of the costumes with reasonable prices. Amirim students experienced working through an initiative they came up with.
They marketed their initiative, gathered the costumes, priced them and on the day of the sale, worked as salespeople. Costumes that did not sell were donated to a pre-school.
Towards the end of the year, students asked to share their experience with students coming up to the 4th grade who will learn the same thing next year.
They created a short presentation from the content they learned and presented it to the 3rd and 4th-grade classes. Doing this, they practiced standing in front of an audience, answered questions and sparked the younger students' interest.
Another group of students chose to create a patent book from the initiative ideas they were looking through and presented it to the students.
The Initiative program was a success at our school. The kids very much loved the program and were given a lot. The parents, also, expressed their satisfaction and interest in the program.
Therefore, we would like to deepen the student's knowledge and continue the program for another year.
Thank you, Galit, for the initiative, your seriousness and genuine willingness to help and contribute.
Amirim primary school in Binyamina
The entrepreneurship studies at the Amirim School in Binyamina was run by Hila Atias Almagor- Entrepreneur, who deals in business feasibility and consulting, specializes in collaborative consumption and blogger for Shareable Lifestyle.
The program accompanied the class curriculum on entrepreneurship for young people, 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 participation certificates and Hila received a thank you letter for her many contributions.
Amirim school principal, Galit Goren, wrote Hila this Thank you letter:
The students of the school and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your great contribution to the school.
We appreciate your endless engagement, investment and personal enterprise. You established a learning group and molded them into a learning group of entrepreneurs. Every week you discovered an endless dedication. Every discussion was lead in dialog, interactive use of tools and group operation.
The kids learned how to recognize opportunity, have faith in their ability, persistence, responsibility, creativity, functioning in front of a crowd and more importantly, learned how to deal with problems and find solutions.
One of the most significant moments was when I joined in the group's final meeting and saw a group of kids who were proud and fulfilled with the work they had done.
Hila, thanks again for your engagement and endless investments, 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 is a copy of the original letter.
Yad Mordechai primary school in Bat Yam
At the end of the GEW, the guest entrepreneurs who came to lecture at the Yad Mordechai school in Bat-Yam, received a letter of gratitude.
Mordei HaGeta'ot School in Ramat Gan
Here are some of the warm feedbacks of the school principal and the school staff about the program and the annual entrepreneurial study process with a group of 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 newly impressed each time.
Yesterday I heard about the process from the kids, their experiences, the way they presented their plans and simply melted.
Sarah Bahar, the school vice principal wrote:
I would like to use this opportunity to thank dear Galit,
Who spent her Friday mornings at our school,
Gave up her free time to give and give and give...
Even when we sometimes encountered technical and other day to day 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, that takes place annually at Ramat-Gan schools, Galit Zamler was invited to receive a certificate of appreciation.
Psagot elementary school in Kiryat Bialik
Nurit Evenshietz, Education Coordinator and 5th-grade teacher at 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 a well constructed and interesting program that you've made and for free!.
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 to me the goals and contents of the program. You really moved me.
I started implementing the program. It was clear and organized by subjects. Every subject had a presentation and examples, pictures, stories from the entrepreneurship world.
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 exercises in the program. They are fond of the classes and feel special.
This week they met an entrepreneur who spoke with them. The class subject was The entrepreneur sees opportunity in problems.
Of course, we started an initiative on Tu Bishvat: Entrepreneur kids sold orange juice or Mint Lemonade to the kids of the school. The initiative was a great success. And the second- During Purim, we will have a makeup, face painting and nail decorating stand."
The kids are constantly coming up with new initiative ideas.
It is my understanding that you are always upgrading and improving the program.
I would be glad to meet with you soon and hear about all the advances you've been making.
With much appreciation,
Read more about the Psagot young entrepreneur's initiative at the kids initiate page.
Blich high school in Ramat-Gan
The following was written by the Blich high school principal:
We would like to extend our full appreciation and thanks for giving your time and teaching a fascinating class to our students during Owl day.
Sigal Sharon - 9th House Administrator
Revital Levgoren - School Principal
More about this session on the page describing education for entrepreneurship in schools.
The following year, guest entrepreneurs representatives of the program arrived once more for Owl Day at the Blich high school and a thank you letter was sent to them:
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) 1.17.13
Your lecture contributed to the celebratory air of the day, enriched the students and gave them another perspective on different fields that were not taught at school.
I wish you many more years of wonderful achievements and hope this event paves a road for future successful cooperation.
HaIrisim elementary school in Karmiel
May 27th, 2011
To whom it may concern.
It was my pleasure to have been given the task of managing three Entrepreneurship for Kids Program meetings, developed by Galit Zamler, here at the HaIrisim school in Karmiel, to grades 4-5-6 (9 classes altogether).
The classes had an effect on every single one of the students. They left excited and inspired from each meeting - revealed in their original ideas for initiatives and personal visions for their future - something so important to living a meaningful life.
The classes are built perfectly and combine fascinating exercises, illustrative tools, videos, presentations and are thus engaging and interesting. The students waited in anticipation for the entrepreneurship classes and always inquired as to when the next class would take place. Furthermore, students were constantly 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.
Kaplan elementary school, Petah-Tikva
To Galit Zamler
Developer and host of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
Subject: Thank you for enriching lectures
We would like to thank you for the rich lectures you gave to our 6th-grade students on the subject of 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, 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 school. The teaching was professional, interesting and experiential.
In addition, we would like to thank you for the cooperation and help in inviting entrepreneurs to give lectures to the different grades at school during the event day: Kaplan - non-stop initiating
Kudos in the social initiative!
Dina Lieberman - Educations and Entrepreneurs coordinator
Tali Toledano - School Principal
Moreshet Moshe elementary school, Ramat Gan
Zehava Mesinger - Moreshet Moshe School principal wrote:
Good Evening, Galit
I read the article fully and enjoyed it.
Yes, I do agree with every word written.
There is no better proof than our experience at school, the enjoyment of the class you've given by the kids and the Kiosk initiative enjoyed by us all.
I will forward this to other principals and recommend it.
Way to go and good luck!
Participating Kids' Parents recommend
Orit Barashi, Geffen's mother from the Mordei Hageta'ot School, after her daughter's participation in the Shirt for any size initiative.
The kids learned a wonderful process as well as a 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 a process that was interesting, challenging and developing. Thank you for the support and the encouragement at every turn.
Yaara's mother, from the Moreshet Moshe school in Ramat Gan wrote:
A huge thank you for the wonderful and helpful class.
Be you blessed!
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 leaves for the class excited, learns the subjects that are taught and after the class, integrates what he's learned in his personal life:
Learning about advertising and marketing, independence, entrepreneurship and personal initiatives.
Thus, in my eyes, he is advancing as an independent and aspiring human being.
Galit teaches the class with so much enthusiasm and sensitivity towards everyone who attended and every session has an air of freshness to it, so the children remain alerted, interested and wait all week for the class to commence.
I recommend this class for several reasons - Because this is a class that, even after it concludes, keeps teaching the kids/teens because of the personal dynamic that is created between 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 Moreshet Moshe school
I would like to thank you for an enriching and pleasing experience my son received in the aforementioned class.
The class is held in a methodical and organized way, and in every class, 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 from time to time and 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.
In addition, 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 school yard.
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. So they held discussions themselves, tried to foresee problems, engaged in negotiations with the school principal, planned and worked on executing the initiative.
I feel that my son was enriched by the program. He learned so many terms and knowledge and above all - had fun.
Children today are exposed to many informational mediums that include in them descriptions and terms of the business and financial worlds.
It is my impression 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 very much 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've had visits by guest entrepreneurs with past experience and 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 you are building and I loved it.
I saw the photos you've uploaded from the class (very nice).
The class helps Nofar and teaches her new things she did not previously know. I think that Nofar will very much enjoy attending the class again next year and I'll be happy too.
I am very pleased with her and with all she's learned.
Thank you and good night,
Sussie, Dvir's mother, wrote:
To Galit Zamler,
Subject: Business Entrepreneurship for Kids
I would like to thank you for your idea and initiative to create a business entrepreneurship class for kids.
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 class taught my son that kids too can think in an independent and creative way, to be entrepreneurs from a young age with just 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, exercises and a guest lecturer who illustrated to the kids the process an entrepreneur goes through.
Galit, you are being an easy going, pleasant and knowledgeable person and you have contributed greatly to the success of the program.
I, of course, will highly recommend this program to all parents looking into the program for their kids.
And perhaps at this time, I shall add - Thank you.
Yaffit, Elamar's mother, wrote:
Mrs. Galit Zamler
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful course you teach to young entrepreneurs.
My daughter takes your class, enjoys every one of the enriching sessions, which has opened her world views to new horizons.
I have noticed that following this session, she has developed a great level of interest and knowledge on the subject of entrepreneurship. She is keen to explore and advance every new subject and not just leave it on a theoretical level.
Treating the kids at eye level and not as children strongly contributes to this.
Your cooperation in the writing process regarding the establishment of the kiosk made them feel important and influential.
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 opened for only three days.
At the kiosk, we sold different varieties of candy at a cheap price. It is important to note that all proceedings were for the benefit of the school and students.
A similar course will commence next year for kids in the 4th-6th grade and is strongly recommended for all.
What are the '09-'10 kids saying about the class?
Shai: I really had fun during the establishment of the kiosk. I recommend it for everyone.
Yehonatan: I think it was a lot of fun building the kiosk and the kids enjoyed it too. If you liked it, recommend it to others.
Barak: I suggest everyone signs up and experiences 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 stores.
It is important to note that the kiosk was established with the school principal's approval, Ms. Zehava Messinger, who encourages new initiatives at the school.
Children who participated in the entrepreneurship program say and write:
Fourth graders at the Yitzhak Shamir school in Holon
Fourth graders at the Yitzhak Shamir School in Holon participated in an annual entrepreneurship course for children.
The children were inspired by entrepreneurs from various disciplines, raised ideas for inventions, checked whether they are already exist or not, and if so, they 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 I learn from the process?
The following are selected representative responses:
- I learned that if there is an idea and it is performed, you can go far, and all you have to do is realize the idea.
- I want to say I enjoyed the process very much. It was really fun 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.
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 the subject of entrepreneurship during the course of the "Initiating Teacher".
At the end of the school year, rich in ideas for projects and actual initiatives, the students summed up the process:
Students who participated in the social project team "with the heart to show that I care" summed up the entrepreneurial process in which they were involved:
Emma wrote: "I feel that I am doing something good for others and making them happy and doing them good for the heart, and so everyone who contributes with 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 be donating and I feel that I am doing a good thing that helps and influences."
Rotem wrote: "I had a lot of fun contributing and going to people's homes."
Romi summed up the entrepreneurial experience as follows: "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", summarized the process of entrepreneurship studies as follows: "If you want to accomplish something, do not give up on it, but fight for it".
Shira, who participated in the social initiative "CTC - Children Teaching children", wrote in reflections: "At the beginning of the project we had ups and downs, but we did not give up and stuck to the goal. The cooperation, the teamwork and the dedication to the goal are what 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, that no matter what, even if it was difficult, I would not quit or give up."
Students of Yad Giora Middle School in Herzliya say:
Students from three 7th grade classes at the Yad Giora Middle School in Herzliya took part in entrepreneurship classes based on the program's entrepreneurship course.
During the program, they developed initiatives, took part in the competition "Move yourself" and 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 initiatives.
Rotem: Yes, students need to study entrepreneurship because even though we're only teenagers, lots of teenagers still have good ideas that can make the world a better place. A lot of time, their 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: They should sign up because everyone who sees our initiatives understands that they too can have the opportunity to make their ideas for initiatives a reality.
Shaked: The entrepreneurship classes develop your thinking and encourage you to raise ideas.
Elad: I recommend signing up because a lot of the time I think of ideas and I haven't implemented any of them, and with this entrepreneurship, it was the first time that I've also tried implementing them.
Michael: Everyone in the world has ideas, but most of them don't have a way to express them, and with entrepreneurship they do.
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 understanding how to take my idea and push it forward, and how to do lots of new things, that, in my opinion, it's important for everyone to know how to do so, it 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 classes wrote:
17 4th-grade students from the Mordei HaGeta'ot school in Ramat Gan participated in the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program.
The students learned about the process of building an initiative, brought up initiative ideas, and chose one initiative which they later established themselves at school: Dog adoption day.
The student's insights, enjoyment and process were touched on in this letter they had written:
Entrepreneurship for Kids Program
Thank you very much to our dear Galit Zamler, instructor of the Entrepreneurship Program at 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 the school, the initiative would not have existed.
Shai, 4A: We learned to initiate stuff 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 the help, we appreciate you very much and thanks to you, we succeeded in our initiative.
Tomer, 4A: Thanks for teaching us entrepreneurship and how to be an entrepreneur.
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 in life and had a lot of fun.
Tal, 4C: Thank you for supporting and teaching us, hope we 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 interesting. I especially enjoyed the guests that came and all the presentations... even though this is my second year already, I still enjoy it.
When I came out of the business entrepreneur class, I knew it meant something... and then I had an idea.. to create bracelets and chains for sale... and now I make and sell them, and all thanks to Galit Zamler, the entrepreneur teacher, who taught me so much...
I think the program is very fun and interesting and I think I learned a lot of new stuff.
The 'Business Entrepreneurship' program is a very fun program and you 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 so happy I signed up.
Selections from Kaplan student letters
- I learned a lot from what you taught. 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. And thank you for caring about us. Thanks to your knowledge, my own has been broadened.
- Thanks for developing my knowledge on entrepreneurship. You taught me lots and I enjoyed it very much, especially 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 and thanks to you and the presentation, I now understand about entrepreneurship. I learned many new things I didn't know and now I do. I thank you for all you've taught us.
Guest entrepreneurs, exposed to the program, write
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, who study entrepreneurship with the teacher Lee Shifman.
At the end of the lecture Tzurie wrote:
"It is refreshing and a lot of fun to collaborate with 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 amazing project!"
Einat Shamir - Shoval initiator - Hats and accessories:
At the end of 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week, Einat wrote:
I thank you very much for the opportunity to lecture in this fascinating project of yours.
Ronit Meiri- Yes, you can initiator - Personal image and advancement:
Ronit, who usually lectures adults and helps people believe in themselves and their abilities to connect with the forces that help them, took part in the 2014 Global Entrepreneur Week as a guest entrepreneur.
At the end of the lecture, she wrote:
Yesterday's lecture on 'Kaplan' was challenging and left us wanting more.
The challenge was to adjust the 'YES YOU CAN' message to the kids.
My usual demographic and customer base are adults.
The taste for more came from the great fun, I experienced and the belief that teaching kids and young adults positive tools and language make for 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 initiating.
The lecture on MamaNet fascinated the children and 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 World Entrepreneurship Week, in which she lectured parents and teacher during the Entrepreneur Cafe event and also lectured students. Afterward, she writes:
Thank you for the chance and stage you've given me and the chance to present my initiative as part of this special and breathtaking program.