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B-Kids Business Kids
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

B-Kids project is based on the assumption that being so transversal in nature entrepreneurship can be basis for the acquisition and development of key competences for life long learning, in particular: linguistic communication competence, learning to learn competence, competence for autonomy, personal initiative and emotional development. Educating learners at entrepreneurial culture is one of the most important mission in Europe 2020, as entrepreneurial mindset is the key for the development of the European economy. On the grounds of the above, steps should be taken to make entrepreneurship a priority from initial teacher education programs throughout life. If we consider entrepreneurship a lifelong learning process and a key educational path, then we are in need of more systematic development. So, entrepreneur-building activities have to be systematically structured at each level of educational, from early ages to MBA. Considering “children need the chance to develop lateral thinking, partnership working, risk-taking and creativity” ( Carl Hopkins), partners of B-Kids project recognize that preparing young people for the challenges of the future workplace is a key element of a 21st century education. Both partners consider enterprise and entrepreneurship the most effective tool for preparing young people to maximize their potential in both their working and social lives. The Coordinator have worked in a similar entrepreneur-building project before based on the innovative mission to incubate such processes that allows both teachers and learners to spread the culture of enterprise in young people and the development of entrepreneurship through the activation of practical experience of learning. The experiences gained in the pilot project carried out within the action called “A scuola d’impresa” (Business School) by the coordinator showed us that pupils, if properly motivated and supported, can really come up with great and creative ideas. The Action, based on a realistic approach, learning by playing, collaborative work, presentation of simple case studies and visits to local enterprises, aimed at developing kids’ sense of initiative and creativity. Concerning the Spanish partner, it has been chosen for its solid experience in developing key competences at school and curricular integration and promoting multicultural dialogue. Catalonia's education system is based on bilingual education. We do believe that the fact that all pupils get a good knowledge of the two official languages (Catalan and Spanish), plays a crucial role in promoting kids' multicultural society. This is a key element of B-Kids project, as we aim at giving learners inputs for becoming active and democratic citizens and experiencing multilingualism is the first step for creating an effective intercultural dialogue. The Spanish partner is able to work , motivate and involve kids in virtual spaces, since the School makes use of a blog where students post material in English and can also interact. The blog has a great role in integrating linguistic communication and digital competence. The project will be based on two short-term exchanges of pupils whihc will play a crucial role in promoting entreprenuerial mindset, creative thinking and sense of initiative. In fact, promoting entrepreneurial culture entails a set of skills, attitude and competences that are the most effective tool for preparing young people to maximize their potential in both their working and social lives. B-Kids will produce the following impact: • Promote a sense of initiative among kids; • Foster teachers’ and staff’s capacity to plan and share entrepreneur-building activities; • Strengthen the interest in the community in participating in Scholl projects; • Offer schools across Europe role-models; • Foster an increasing interest in the community to engage in school activities and projects; • Developing the incorporation of entrepreneurial culture into the existing European school curricula. Concerning outcomes: • Data base creation on the eTwinning platform • Development of a business idea arose from pupils cooperation. The Project is based on both virtual and physical meetings which intend to exchange the experience to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial teaching and learning for primary school students. Regarding classroom meetings, two short-term exchanges of pupils will be arranged in order to structure and present the final business idea. During the first meeting, the Spanish partner will travel to Italy for developing the successful marketing plan for their entrepreneurial idea. The meeting also aims at strengthening the collaboration of the two schools on students’ entrepreneurial idea drafting. The second and last classroom meeting Pupils will be engaged in illustrating the business idea carried out during the project.
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