Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.                             Jim Rohn, US Entrepreneur

The core competence for today; as the world experiences a global financial crisis; as the planet faces the challenges of climate change; and as people adapt to constant change; is the ability to identify and solve problems. This will require a fundamental change and a new approach to education systems, mobility and building partnerships between stakeholders.

Education is a complicated myriad of institutions and courses, many vying for the same students. In the majority of the world primary and secondary education are provided by the state as a minimal offering. The question debated today, is what is the role of the education curriculum in supporting entrepreneurship education at these levels? Furthermore Higher Education and Business Schools offer targeted business support through MBAs and business studies, but how relevant or accessible is this to the mainstream wanting to turn Ideas into Action? This is a policy debate where Entrepreneur Envoys can contribute.

Teaching modules will have to enable students to search incessantly for new solutions and to keep innovating. New technologies, such as community services, the internet, social networks, web-portals such as Wiki, Entrepreneur Envoys, and knowledge databases will be sources for inspiration. New processes to provide tools for future education will need to be unearthed – students learning from the ‘same textbooks’ is a thing of the past. Education cannot be deprived of innovation or creativity, otherwise it will never produce entrepreneurs or an innovative workforce for the future.

The knowledge triangle (education, research innovation) plays a crucial role in promoting growth and jobs for the future. This is the role of education business partnerships, as well as the role of Entrepreneur Envoys to help bring the right partners and stakeholders around the ‘Ideas to Action’ table.

Tell us about your experiences of innovation in education that have made, or are making, a significant difference. Inform us of the work being done so that we may use it as a model to promote further innovation.

Entrepreneurship Education across the curriculum and as part of life-long learning still requires a real commitment from leaders. The Promotion of Ambition and the significance of creativity and entrepreneurship must be appreciated and not confused with business or profit generation. Teachers may currently have a narrow definition of entrepreneurship but may be more welcoming of the broad concept that Entrepreneurship as a key competence for life. We want to hear from Entrepreneur Envoys supporting education institutions by inspiring students to recognise their entrepreneurial spirit. If you have direct experience of this, share your story, go to Ideas Counter and let us inform policy makers.

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