Gymnazium Dubnica nad Vahom, Slovakia
The school has dealt with entrepreneurship education since 1996. It started its participation in the activities of Junior Achievement via optional subjects; later, it became an integral part of the school educational programme and curriculum. Our main attention is dedicated to student companies, where theoretical knowledge is directly applied in the real world of business .
A connection between educational systems and the local economy is a great advantage because they are based on project work and the voluntary participation of real entrepreneurs. Good cooperation brings benefits to both sides: e.g. thanks to the cooperation with Sauer-Danfoss the students were drawn into the management side of the company. On the other hand, the company needed to solve the problem of receiving feedback from their staff and this task was delegated to the students. This experience contributed to the reinforcement of rigour, flexibility, autonomy and the ability to manage projects and deliver their results.
The importance of the tertiary sector of the economy is recognized by the school. Therefore certain actions are taken in order to develop students' skills in the area of design, organisation of events and marketing. An example is the organisation of MAYO CUP – a hockey tournament for veterans and amateurs, where students prepare a budget and undertake the marketing - website, posters, invitations. They also participate in meetings with the organisers, representatives of accommodation and sponsors. Another example is the participation of a mini company in the European Company of the Year Competition and Global Enterprise Challenge held by Junior Achievement - Young Enterprise Europe. This gives students the opportunity to gain international experience and compete with other students from all over Europe. Entrepreneurship Education is the basis for their selection of further education or careers.
Creativity can be developed at a younger age and the school has been trying to implement it in teaching plans for 11-12 year old students at the lower level of education through the school's mini-projects. An example of this effort is a tourism related project which is a base for creating an image bulletin with monuments of the region and guiding services for preschool children. This also involves the calculation of costs and benefits of activities that should ultimately bring in a profit. It is a way of improving young students' organisational skills, independence and responsibility as a result of participating in the project.