Entrepreneurial learning stays high on Macedonian agenda
Keen to ensure that entrepre- neurship remains high on the development agenda, Macedonian policymakers, business, schools and universities gathered at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje on 22 September to celebrate progress and share challenges in the country’s entrepreneurial learning drive.
The festival ensured a lifelong learning dimension to entrepreneurship promotion where the country has been making considerable efforts since it joined the EU’s enterprise policy monitoring framework which now forms part of the Small Business Act for Europe. Encouraging young people to take a more entrepreneurial approach to their careers was the core theme of the festival. In his opening statement, Gjorge Ivanov, the country’s president, called on young people to adopt a ‘culture of creativity’. ‘Open your minds, build new ideas, generate innovation,’ he said.
The agenda saw schools, universities and business support organisations sharing good practice and networking with a particular spotlight on start-ups supported by the National Centre for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning.
In a workshop session the many teachers participating in the event had the possibility to discuss and exchange good practice on entrepreneurial learning, facilitated by Elizabeta Jovanovska, advisor within the national VET Centre. At this workshop, Eduarda Castel-Branco drew particular attention to the place of entrepreneurial learning in the EU2020 strategy and its flagship initiatives, demonstrating a new joint action of education, innovation and employment.
Addressing the festival, Eduarda Castel Branco, ETF’s country manager, congratulated all constituents for the efforts to establish a joined-up entrepreneurial learning system. She commended the high-level political support to the entrepreneurial learning agenda and the determination to ensure that entrepreneurship became a mainstream feature of education. She called on schools, training centres and universities to continue to network and exchange on their good practice. ‘Many other countries can learn from the commitment demonstrated by your country to put into practice the entrepreneurship key competence across the education continuum. It is this approach that can create a snowball effect promote an entrepreneurial society,’ she said,’
Macedonian efforts to build an entrepreneurial economy build on an agreement between the education and economy ministries in 2009 to co-work policies to ensure that education plays a more prominent role in the country’s drive to competitiveness. The education-economy nexus will again feature again in a follow-up event on 8 November which will particularly focus on entrepreneurship in third-level education. The high-level round table to be held in Skopje will again include Mr Ivanov, the country’s president, accompanied by Valon Saracini, Minister of Economy and Pance Kralev, Minister of Education and Science.
Radmil Polenakovik, Director of the National Centre for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning which established the festival, was clear as to why education policy needs to be constant on the entrepreneurship theme. ‘The entrepreneurial learning policy theme is still very fresh and very vulnerable particularly when resources are more restricted. This festival and follow-up up actions which generate greater policy interest and awareness ensure that the issues are kept on the policy radar,’ he said.
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Across the world, certain groups of people are still hard pressed to get the most out of their education and training system.
Partnership between the worlds of work and education is a process that is set to become an integral part of how we go about developing education.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
Making qualifications transparent and easily readable, even across international frontiers, is a high priority for the ETF.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Focusing on key competences is one of the surest ways of keeping education and training relevant in a fast-changing environment.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.