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The project Entretoy (2016-2019) joined a consortium of VET providers from Estonia, Belgium, Finland and Greenland with a Polish employment agency and a Spanish incubation centre. The aim of the project was to bring together the Finnish TOY model and the Belgian Entrepreneurial School tool and develop entrepreneurship education based on that.
The TOY model, based on the Teampreneurship methodology originally developed for HE by Tiimiakatemia, is a highly innovative pedagogical approach that challenges the students to take responsibility for their own learning and turns teachers into coaches. The teacher doesn’t provide information, but asks the right questions guiding the students to acquire the information they need for their projects themselves. The idea of learning by doing is central: students learn entrepreneurship by carrying out real projects in teams for real customers earning real money. There are several coaching days dealing with particular topics, during which the students do concrete exercises in teams. The reflection of the learning is also an important element of the model.
The Entrepreneurial School tool provides the organisation with an analysis of its present state of entrepreneurship education. The tool comprises a comprehensive Questionnaire with 80 questions entailing 4 different approaches to the subject and 20 different points of view and Entrepreneurial School Roadmap, a guidebook to the analysis of the results of the questionnaire.
Entrepreneurship education in Europe is still mostly carried out through theoretical lectures passivating students. The unemployment rates among HE and VET graduates are high. Yet the only certainty in the world of work is the constant change, which requires more initiative and improved transversal skills from the students – in short, improved entrepreneurial skills. The schools need to wake up to this need and bring their pedagogics to this century.
* Raising the quality of entrepreneurship education.
* Training the educators of the consortium to have new more effective methodology of teaching entrepreneurship.
* Testing the different methodologies available.
* Creating a curriculum for the entrepreneurship teachers and other educators or advisors.
* Creating pedagogical materials for the teachers and other educators or advisors.
* Creating a curriculum/program for yearly pre-incubation course for higher education and adult learners.
What we did in the project
Although both the TOY model and the ES tool are widely used in the countries where they were developed, they are not widely known in Europe. Therefore both of them were introduced to the partners in staff workshops, after which the partners developed their own applications of them. Based on the learning outcomes of the staff workshops and of the support material needed by the partners to apply the methods in their own countries, we created two innovative curricula and a lot of pedagogical materials adapted to the needs in the different partner countries. Coaching skills and exercises were shared in a third staff workshop in Greenland.
The outcome of the project was slightly different from what we planned, but it was nevertheless a huge success! Read more from the Results and impact.