The Istanbul Symposium: promoting entrepreneurship in teacher training
Policy-makers and teacher training specialists from the EU’s
pre-accession and Mediterranean neighbourhood regions gather in Istanbul 13-15
July. The objective of the symposium is to determine how the teaching
profession can be prepared to accommodate the lifelong entrepreneurial learning
agenda. The symposium follows the high-level policy reflection process by all
17 countries that took place in 2010 and a EU27 symposium on the same subject
held earlier this year in Budapest.
The three-day event engages education and economy policy-makers into a collective discussion on the importance of a more concerted effort to train teachers (all education levels) and school management to accommodate the EU recommendations for entrepreneurial learning (The Oslo Agenda). The symposium aims to arrive at set of common policy principles which each of the countries could incorporate within on-going policy reforms back home.
Secondly, the final two days of the symposium will focus particularly on teacher training specialists nominated by their respective countries to contribute the symposium’s discussions. Their task will be to elaborate concrete recommendations that would allow the participating countries to take forward the entrepreneurship teacher training agenda.
‘We have a challenging agenda for a challenging policy area,’ says ETF’s Anthony Gribben who chairs the three-day symposium. ‘I am confident that we will have an excellent exchange and concrete results.’
The symposium agenda includes a hand-picked group of top practitioners on teacher development for entrepreneurship education from a number of countries including Iceland, Lebanon, Turkey and Tunisia. ‘Creating space in the agenda for good practice sharing generates ideas, interest and policy motivation,’ says Gribben.
The ETF symposium is supported by the European Commission. Representatives from the European Commission’s education and enterprise directorates will participate in the event.
The symposium includes expertise inputs from the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL), an ETF-partner organisation which is spearheading entrepreneurship teacher training developments in the eight countries with perspectives of EU accession.
ETF is pleased to host the symposium in Istanbul in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education of Turkey and KOSGEB, the Turkish SME agency.
Type of Event: Operational
Place: Istanbul (Turkey)
Topic(s): School and Teacher Development; Equal Access to Education
Organiser: Anthony Gribben, Denise Loughran Lampugnani ;
Contacts: Anthony Gribben, Denise Loughran Lampugnani;
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.
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