P.E.S. - Partnerships among European & Italian Entrepreneurial Schools
A description of how an Italian school has established a number of international mini companies involving pupils and teachers in different countries. They learn about and analyse how to run a company and go on to discuss the similarities and differences involved in running a European company.
Purpose and process
The school's main objective is to teach students about trade in Europe, and about the importance of a sustainable economical development in Europe. In addition, the aim is to prepare students for competition in the labour market, inspire them to continue on to further study and to give them a good start in a professional career.
Through establishing contact with students from different countries, the school can show their students the importance of working in a European setting. Using face-to-face and Internet-based meetings, the project helps students learn not only about entrepreneurship but also about each country´s way of doing business.
At the start of the project, students and teachers in each country learn about and analyse how to run a company. Based on this, all participating countries will discuss the similarities and differences involved in running a European company. Topics include: product development; trade barriers; business cultures and the European economy.
During the exchange week each school presents their work and visits local international companies. After the company visit the pupils will face a challenge set by the company and based on its own experience. The pupils will work in mixed groups to present a solution to the challenge. Most of the schools in this project are very experienced in working with entrepreneurship education but working with international entrepreneurship on a European level helps to increase their levels of competence.
P.E.S. has been shown to offer the following benefits to participating schools:
- Teachers and students use English as the common language of communication in the project; as participating teachers are not English teachers, so they can all improve their language competence
- Another motivation for this project is that teachers and students can build their own international network
- They can also gain a deeper understanding of European business culture
- This project aims to increase motivation and stimulate students to want to go on to further study, even if they are not very motivated; the problem with dropouts is a big problem in all countries
- A bonus for students participating in the project is that they are starting to establish a European network at an early stage in their lives.
Curricular or thematic relevance
The project could be run as a standalone activity promoting entrepreneurship education in an international context or could be linked to curriculum subjects, such as: Business Studies; Economics; English; ICT; Citizenship
How to organise:
The project is likely to take place during extra-curricular time although some activities could take place during timetabled lessons.
The involvement of local international companies willing to host visits and set the challenges is essential to the success of this project.
helper do TM detail body (June 6th, 1st half)
This is the comment after the exchange Italy-Finland with other Countries.
"One of the most interesting things was to come and see your school. We would even have liked to see it and hear about it even more and also to talk more with students. But it was all right like this. It was also nice that your students were willing to talk with us and tell us about their enterprises. It was remarkable to notice that your students were all the time very polite and willing to help us with all the matters.
We would to thank you on behalf of our students also. They were really very fascinated about Italy and again your nice young people. The students told us on our way back to Finland that they sure would like to come back to Italy as soon as possible. Could they actually be the first foreign on the job learners who are going to Italy and Bergamo during next semester? This was suggested by them!
It was a great idea to have the students accommodation with the local families. This gave them an exceptional chance to get to know other people in Italy. It is so much easier to have co-operation when we know people personally. This is the best kind of internationalization in practice! We are sure that this experience changed their attitude and that this visit will also have an influence on the rest of their life.
It was that much that they were happy about their trip to Italy.
We were also happy to meet also other students and teachers not only Italy but also other countries. Those connections will last also far future. And it will be very useful too."
i fantastic idea - i search a school, who want to make with us - an german vocational school an exchange. The students are between 15 an 18 years old and attend school for two years before they achieve their secondary school certificate.
For more information - contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or look to the website from Friedrich-List-Schule, Kassel, www.fls-ks.eu - We are looking forward to working with you!