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Making progress in promoting entrepreneurial attitudes and skills through Primary and Secondary education

This is a follow-up of the Best Procedure project on "Education and Training for Entrepreneurship"), Final report of the Expert Group.

This report by a group of national experts of 26 European countries, co-ordinated by the Commission under the Multiannual Programme for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2001-2005), is the follow-up of a previous "Best Procedure" project (see information provided below). Coherently with priorities identified by the Entrepreneurship Action Plan, it aims to strengthen and focus current efforts at all levels to foster an entrepreneurial culture in Europe, starting from school.

In particular, the objective of this report is to identify useful policies and strategies that could be developed at national or regional level, and that will make it possible to achieve progress in promoting the teaching of entrepreneurship within primary and secondary education, as well as to propose instruments that would help monitoring such progress.

Best Procedure project on "Education and training for entrepreneurship", Final Report of the Expert Group

The notion that enterprise education should be an essential part of a lifelong learning approach is now generally accepted. The development of entrepreneurial attitudes and skills can be encouraged in people of all ages, starting in school.

In most EU countries, initiatives exist already that tackle this issue. There is a need to take stock of measures undertaken, and to assess their scope and impact. This is why - in the framework of the Multiannual Programme for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2001-2005) - the DG Enterprise has launched a "Best Procedure" project on education and training for entrepreneurship.

This project tries to identify and compare initiatives from across Europe that aim to promote the teaching of entrepreneurship in the education systems, from primary school to university. For this purpose, a group of experts was established in June 2001 with members appointed by the national governments (the EU 15 + Norway), and with the Commission taking a coordinating role.

Forum "Training for Entrepreneurship"

Study and Analysis of Management Training Techniques for the Heads of SMEs, particularly using the ICTs

Seminar on Training for New Starters in Business (Stockholm, 1998)

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