Eleven schools from eleven countries across Europe won The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2015. The awards give national and European recognition to the best schools championing entrepreneurship education.
The award is part of the EU-funded project The Entrepreneurial School (TES). JA Europe, provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, leads the consortium behind the project.
Support from the European Parliament
The celebration took place on 15 October, in the presence of several Members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials, JA Europe Board of Directors and selected guests.
“The support from the European Parliament represents a key milestone for entrepreneurship education in Europe. It follows the adoption of its report ‘Promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training’, calling on Member States, together with regional and local authorities, to encourage and support initiatives fostering an entrepreneurial culture among young people,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe.
How the schools were selected
The awarded schools were selected based on criteria such as:
- vision and strategy in entrepreneurship education
- specific resource allocations
- teachers’ training
- engagement of the local community and business sector
These criteria follow the objectives of Europe 2020, the EU's growth strategy which aims to enhance creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training.
More particularly, the Awards respond to the new priorities for European cooperation in education and training presented by Commissioners Thyssen and Navracsics on 1 September.
The project has also produced Europe’s first Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning for teachers.
This initiative is financed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises under the European Commission's programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME).