Développement économique et création d'emplois locaux (LEED)

Capacity building seminar: Promoting entrepreneurial education in schools (Potsdam, Germany)




A capacity building activity organised within the framework of the
OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development

3-6 November 2014, Potsdam, Germany

Deadline for applications: Monday, 25 August 2014




Entrepreneurial education in schools is not just about the motivations and skills needed to start-up a business or a new venture; it is also about nurturing the ability and willingness of individuals to create value for themselves, for others and for society. The idea of promoting entrepreneurship through education has spurred much enthusiasm in the last few decades, as it is expected to produce a wide range of outcomes including individual development; increased school engagement and performance; enhanced courage to contribute to societal development; and improved equality. Other expected outcomes include job creation, economic growth and increased societal resilience. Turning this into educational practice, is, however, posing significant challenges to teachers, school management and external partners, particularly in creating creative and open learning environments. Lack of time, learning materials and financial resources; teachers and parents’ fear of "commercialism"; rigid institutional frameworks; and difficulties in assessing learning outcomes of entrepreneurial education are some of the challenges practitioners have encountered when trying to infuse entrepreneurship into education.

The seminar will contribute to the development of a tool  that will allow schools to (1) map the perceptions of learners, teachers, parents, and partner organisations as they relate to the entrepreneurial education opportunities (courses, extra-curricular work), resources and support available to teachers (e.g. time for preparation, training, teaching material), and the "outward looking school" (e.g., partnerships for challenge-based learning, new learning environments); and (2) employ this information for organisational development efforts.

All participants are expected to prepare a case study about entrepreneurial education in their school (primary, secondary education, VET), which will be developed during and after the seminar for publication on Entrepreneurship360.

The seminar is organised within the framework of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development and its outcomes will feed into Entrepreneurship360, a joint initiative of the OECD LEED Programme and the European Commission (DG EAC).



The 3.5-day seminar will explore:


Entrepreneurial schools – resources, support environments, incentives, etc.


Building the entrepreneurial mindset through education – teaching strategies, course content, learning environments and learning outcome assessments to promote entrepreneurship in a broad sense (entrepreneurship as key transversal competence).


Building motivation, competences and skills to start-up and grow new ventures – teaching strategies, content, learning environments, intended learning outcomes and assessment practices to promote entrepreneurship in a narrow sense (focused on upper secondary education and VET).


Ecosystems of entrepreneurial schools – public policy frameworks, strategic partnerships, etc.

With informative case studies, expert contributions, interactive workshops, and the possibility to participate in an international peer-review team, the seminar will be a valuable learning opportunity to share experiences and explore new approaches.



The seminar is targeted at teachers and school managers working in primary and secondary education providers and vocational educational and training colleges.

The seminar will conclude on 6 November 2014 with a half-day workshop on findings and recommendations for public policy. This workshop is open to representatives of national, regional and local public policy institutions.

How to apply

To apply for the seminar (teachers and school managers), please complete the application form selecting "Entire seminar" and write no more than 200 words telling us about a specific action you are undertaking to promote entrepreneurial education in your school. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the closing date for applications, Monday 25 August 2014.

To apply for the half-day workshop on 6 November 2014, please complete the application form selecting "Half-day workshop" by Monday 25 August 2014.




No participation fee is required. Participants cover their own travel and accommodation. Ten scholarships are available to cover travel and accommodation costs for teachers/school managers to participate in the seminar.




Potsdam, Germany.



For further information on the seminar, please contact Joseph.Tixier@oecd.org.



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