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; Key Competences
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.
Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.
The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.