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Young people with the initiative 3 – Practical application of entrepreneurship education methods in Ukrainian educational system

Social divisions, be they cultural or linguistic, political or wealth-related, are still in evidence in Ukraine. The country’s problems also include: its growing trade deficit, falling industrial output, shrinking foreign exchange reserves and a weakening national currency. These unfavourable conditions are exacerbating stagnation in society, which is especially evident in rural areas and small towns. This state of affairs has had a real impact on the perceived privation of the inhabitants of Ukraine, which is not conducive to the establishment of new businesses.

What is needed to reverse these unfavourable trends is support for the generation entering adulthood. Meanwhile, one of Ukraine’s key problems is the outflow of young people from the country, hence the need for systemic intervention that can offer this group opportunities to structure their future, as well as respectable living standards. Therefore, the primary social group that this project addressed were students and teachers and lecturers from Ukrainian primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions.

The project was a continuation of measures undertaken as part of Poland’s development aid provided in 2012-2013. It was structured on the basis of past results and determined needs. One of the latter is the need to implement practical tools for entrepreneurship education in the Ukrainian education system, in particular the establishment of school entrepreneurship clubs. There are currently no such schemes in operation in Ukraine. This proposal is aimed at complementing the methodology for teaching entrepreneurship with training in the practicalities of running one’s own business. As organised, school entrepreneurship clubs are aimed at mobilising young people to take on the challenge of undertaking their own business. Furthermore, the e-learning platform for teachers is aimed at facilitating the sharing of knowledge, materials and innovative learning tools, all of which support the development of know-how and skills. It was suggested by Ukrainian educators and regional authorities as that these instruments would be critical if the modernisation of their methodology for teaching entrepreneurship were to be achieved.

Young people with the initiative 3 – Practical application of entrepreneurship education methods in Ukrainian educational system

The project provided for the delivery of complementary tools for entrepreneurship education in about 20 primary, secondary and tertiary schools in eight oblasts of western Ukraine, which involved the organisation and establishment of school entrepreneurship clubs to mobilise young people to undertake business activities and the creation of an e-learning portal dedicated to entrepreneurship education intended to provide teaching staff with opportunities to improve their skills.

The project’s teacher training module (delivered in Ukraine to about 40 people from eight oblasts) was devoted to active forms of teaching and aimed at the development of entrepreneurship teaching competencies involving practical methods, sharing experiences, testing the new e-learning platform and learning how to use it. Teachers were trained in how to set up and run school entrepreneurship clubs, and they were subsequently made responsible for the establishment of such clubs in their schools. The project agenda also included the organisation of a new edition of the interregional Junior in Business competition for primary through tertiary schools, with a study visit to Poland for the competition winners.

The project concluded with a conference devoted to the promotion of practical entrepreneurship teaching within the Ukrainian education system and of the related e-learning platform. The project creators envisaged engagement on the part of the education system, local governments, the central government and the business community. The final stage of the project was devoted to its evaluation and conclusion.

Young people with the initiative 3 – Practical application of entrepreneurship education methods in Ukrainian educational system

The project involved the development of an e-learning platform dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship in primary through tertiary schools, including a user manual in Ukrainian (http://www.uniorbiz.ehost.pl). The project providers drafted more than 208 pages of training materials and six multimedia presentations, which were then translated into Ukrainian. Two training sessions – one devoted to the organisation and operation of school entrepreneurship clubs and the other to the use of the e-learning platform – were provided for a total of 44 entrepreneurship coaches from western Ukraine. They founded 21 school entrepreneurship clubs in the schools they came from. Each participant was furnished with an annual action plan. In total, these clubs engage 21 tutors and around 315 students.

In addition, two Ukrainian project partners conducted Junior in Business competitions:

  • The West-Ukraine Regional Training Centre in Lviv organised a competition for youth teams from the Lviv, Rivne, Khmelnytskyi and Volyn oblasts.
  • The Dilove Initsiativy NGO from Ivano-Frankivsk organised a competition for youth teams from the Ivano-Frankovsk, Chernivtsi, Ternopil and Vinnytsia oblasts.

These competitions brought together between 450 and 500 students, who formed about 150 teams. The two events held closing galas, with a total of about 120 people in attendance. The finalists had a study tour of Poland organised for them, which was attended by 21 students (in seven youth teams) and seven teachers and guardians who originally prepared them for the competitions.