USAID – SEEE
SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE AND EURASIA
Launched in February 2017, the Supporting Entrepreneurial Education in Europe and Eurasia Project, implemented by Junior Achievement Europe, aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy, by developing and implementing programs for entrepreneurial education, financial literacy and work readiness.
In North Macedonia, the project started in October 2017 with the opening of the regional office – Junior Achievement Macedonia. The project collaborates with high schools’ students, teachers, and other supporting organizations and businesses willing to support entrepreneurial education. The project is improving partnerships between businesses and schools, to create a generation of young people who are capable of applying innovative approaches and techniques in their curricular activities and are better prepared for the modern workplace.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Scaling education about entrepreneurship in general and vocational education and training (VET) secondary high schools, with a particular focus on the Junior Achievement (JA) Student Company Program. The program offers students between the ages of 15-19 years the opportunity to learn how to create their own venture taking an idea from conception to reality, while still in school;
- Training teachers to guide their students through the JA Company Program;
- Measuring the impact on young people, especially girls, using pre and post competence-based assessment through JA’s unique Entrepreneurial Skills PassTM (ESP) certificate, an international qualification that certifies students who are part of JA Student Company Program;
- Organizing JA Innovation Camps focused on specific high-growth industry sectors, which bring together students into a team-based challenge event;
- Providing students, the opportunity to participate in national and international competitions.