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Panel discussion: „Entrepreneurial Learning as a liaison between economy and education“
After giving a welcoming speech, Ms Maja Ljubić, SEECEL's Assistant Director had a presentation, during which she gave a wider picture to all attendees about the importance of entrepreneurial learning from an early age, with a focus on targeted development of entrepreneurial competencies through the educational system. She also gave a precise presentation of best practices in countries that are successful and have a tradition in this area, as well as SEECEL's experience through his work in the Region and in EU member states.
Ms Vesna Štefica, SEECEL's Strategic Piloting and Peer Project Officer, moderated very dynamic, interesting and useful panel discussion in which all participants gave their opinion on entrepreneurial learning. Mr Boris Jokić, Head of curriculum reform pointed out the importance of education system and his role to raise young people who are thinking and acting entrepreneurially. He also said that teamwork and skills are essential for survival in today's conditions and thus give them the foundation to become a creative and self-confident people.
At the end of panel discussion, EU Ambassador of women entrepreneurship, Ms Ratka Jurković, presented her entrepreneurial and educational path saying how entrepreneurs and teachers share great similarities - both are in fact avocations, not just professions. The important thing is that we see sense and meaning in things we do which motivates us and makes us happy and fulfilled individuals. She also gave an opinion on big problem in our country and that is the fear of failure. Every big and successful entrepreneur had difficult times, but greatness is when you rise after you fall and become even more powerful. She highlighted that as the essence of life.
Conclusions made at this panel discussion are as follows: the necessity of entrepreneurial learning as a key competence for the development of individuals and society as a whole, investing in the development of entrepreneurial schools, usage of existing methodologies of learning for entrepreneurship, readiness of economy for cooperation in the development of entrepreneurial schools model, including local community is of great importance. In the end, she stated that we all have to ensure that young people have real entrepreneurial and practical experience.
In the end, Ms Ljubić from SEECEL pointed out the importance of support institutions and thanked Development agencies for their hard and devoted work in empowering, promoting and educating people about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial learning in general.
Besides Ljubić, SEECEL's representatives were Vesna Štefica, Strategic Piloting and Peer Project Officer, Danijela Kasunić, Strategic Piloting and Peer Project Officer and Stjepan Srhoj, Programme Officer and Liaison.