Eleven schools win first ever Entrepreneurial School Award

Eleven schools from eleven countries across Europe won The Entrepreneurial School Award 2015, a national and European recognition of the best schools championing entrepreneurship education.

European Schoolnet is a partner supporting the Entrepreneurial school project on the dissemination and JA Europe is the leading organisation behind the initiative. The awarded schools have been selected based on diverse criteria, such as the inclusion of a vision and strategy in entrepreneurship education, specific recourse allocations, teachers’ training, or the engagement of the local community and business sector. These criteria follow the objectives of Europe 2020, the EU's growth strategy for the coming decade. It notably aims to enhance creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training.

The celebration will take place on 15 October, in the presence of several Members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials, JA Europe Board of Directors and selected guests. Representatives from the 11 schools in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom will be present to receive the recognition. They will meet in Brussels for a working session and ceremony hosted in the European Parliament by MEP Michaela Sojdrova. “The support from the European Parliament represents a key milestone for entrepreneurship education in Europe as it follows the publication of its report ‘Promoting youth entrepreneurship through education and training’, calling on Member States, together with regional and local authorities, to encourage and support initiatives fostering an entrepreneurial culture among young people” said Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe.

The winning schools are:

  • Denmark - Engbjergskolen
  • Finland - Jouppi primary school
  • Germany - Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg
  • Greece - 1st Arsakeio Lyceum in Psychico
  • Norway - Rakkestad Ungdomsskole
  • Poland - Stanisław Staszic Complex of Vocational Schools in Lidzbark Warmiński.
  • Portugal - Escola Profissional Magestil
  • Romania - The National College of Computer Science
  • Slovakia - Hotelová akadémia
  • United Kingdom - Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA)


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The Entrepreneurial School project

The Entrepreneurial School (www.entrepreneurialschool.eu) is a 3-year project aiming to launch a "Virtual Guide to Entrepreneurial Learning" (www.tesguide.eu) with tools and methods to support entrepreneurial learning. The project will focus on teachers and their professional development as well as on making schools more 'entrepreneurial'. The Entrepreneurial School will train over 4000 teachers in the next 3 years across 18 countries. The project is co-funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) of the European Commission.

About Junior Achievement Europe

JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes, reaching 3.2 million students in 39 countries in 2013. Funded by businesses, institutions, foundations and individuals, JA Europe brings the public and private sectors together to provide young people in primary and secondary schools and early university with experiences that promote the skills, understanding and perspective that they will need to succeed in a global economy (www.jaeurope.org/).


About European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet is a network of 30 Ministries of Education from across the European member states, leading educational innovation at European level. As a major international think tank, European Schoolnet operates key European services in education on behalf of the European Commission, member Ministries of Education and industry partners (www.europeanschoolnet.org). Follow us on Twitter @eu_schoolnet and on Facebook.

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