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Learn to Enterprise. Improving Entrepreneurial and Linguistic Competences Through Non-Formal Education
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

LEARN TO ENTERPRISE. IIMRPOVING ENTREPRENEURIAL AND LINGUISTIC COMPETENCES THROUGH NON-FORMAL EDUCTION is a project under KA2 of ERASMUS + Programme in the field of Strategic Partnerships for school education. The main objective of the LEEN-TEEN project is to offer participants (160 pupils and 40 teachers from 5 countries) the opportunity to acquire entrepreneurial competence while participating actively in non-formal educational activities organised in cooperation with the partner organisations The current situation of young people,inadequately equipped with global life skills needed to succeed in the 21st century society and economy,creates the context to implement this project. It is necessary to include in the curriculum subjects and methods of non-formal education that develop critical thinking, problem-solving skills and awareness of shared global and local challenges. Statistics show that unemployment among young people is increasing across Europe. Nowadays, being a university graduate with high marks is not enough to ensure rapid employment. There are many reasons behind the problem of youth unemployment: lack of particular skills, wrong educational system, mismatches between education and needs in labor market, lack of self confidence and self esteem, and structural lack of working places. The Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) states in the document "Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes" that it is of utmost importance to equip young people with both theoretical knowledge and practical competence for life. The LEEN-TEEN project aims to offer the participants, both educated and educators, the context in which to be exposed to innovative methods and models of good practice and acquire practical entrepreneurial experience in school through non-formal activities. Learning by doing and hands-on experience acquired, will help young participants be more prepared and meet the expectations of the job market. With this project, participants will be offered the opportunity to improve their EU key competences for adult life, particularly for working life and a foundation for their further learning. The core of the project is the Learning, Teaching and Training Activities. These are a mix between Short Term Exchanges of Groups of Pupils age 13 to 18 (travelling with staff/accompanying adults) lasting for seven days; local activities/tasks taking place in each country and virtual meetings/virtual activities. The philosophy of the project - to sustain knowledge transfer from theoretical to practical level and European level to local/community level - will be attained through linking each mobility with the inter-mobility period in which pupils will apply the knowledge in a practical manner by organizing different events (Winter Event, Children's Day Charity Event, Product Promotion Event, Arts&Crafts Fundraising Event) in their school/local community. The project activities are designed to be integrated into curriculum and to assure the attainment of the specific objectives of the project. Therefore, in each Transnational Learning/Training/Teaching Activities meeting which will take place in every country of this Strategic Partnership, the schedule will be similar for each mobility. In order to project implementation, in June 2015, there will be a Transnational Project Meeting for coordinators to monitor and evaluate first year activities and results. The success of the project and objectives fulfillment will be ensured through the methodology used to implement it. Each step will be carefully planned and monitoring. Evaluation will take place constantly. Good project preparation will enable participants to achieve the tasks and acquire competences, while project team members will act as facilitators, monitors, evaluators, and offer guidance. The results of the project will reflect the activities implemented and will correspond to the initial needs and objectives. Tangible results (project poster/logo,the Project Website,the Project E-Twinning Page,the events organised stored on digital support, the presentations Snapshots from My Country and those designed in the EuroGame,the Personal Portfolio,the Intellectual Output: Let's Be Non- Formal! Let's Enterprise!, the Entrepreneurship through Non-Formal Curriculum); intangible results (the increased participants' competence in the field of entrepreneurship and non-formal education, improved cultural awareness and interpersonal skills, better language and digital skills, improved cooperation between institutions)and its dissemination will ensure project sustainability. The project outputs and Intellectual Output will be disseminated at project Multiplier Event held in June 2016 and through Project Website, E-Twinning Project Page and EU Dissemination Platform. The proposed two years (September2014-June2016) is the optimum period to achieve project objectives.
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