Parents, custodians, and educators aspire the children to be independent and be prepared for the future. But are the children challenged enough to surpass and excel? This can be done through a learning environment that is fluid, dynamic, and relevant enough to prepare the youth for opportunities ahead. Today, complex skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation and collaboration have become indispensable for every job. These prerequisites should be craftily integrated with entrepreneurial learning as it gives them a strong foundation to all the advanced skills essential for the success of this generation.
Entrepreneurial education nurtures business mind-sets, attitude, and skills, wrapping a wide range of facets such as idea generation, start-up, growth, innovation, and creativity under it. It is a life-long learning process that can start as early as elementary level and continue through all levels of education. There are several reasons why schools should usher in entrepreneurial education in the existing curriculum.
Empowering the students for future
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Innovative learning contributes to skills like innovation, adaption, resilience, critical thinking, risk-taking, problem-solving communication, teamwork, and flexibility, which improves the chances of their future employability. It offers students and teachers[sk4] flexibility, agency, ubiquity, and connectedness. In this economy, which is evolving every minute, teaching modelling and engaging students in entrepreneurial opportunities have become the need of the hour. Entrepreneurial learning not only falls in line with the academic curriculum but also helps them to pave out their way through accomplishments.
Creating a conducive environment for innovation and change
Integrating critical life skills in the curriculum could be done to make entrepreneurship less of an idea and more of a viable possibility for students. It aids students to think outside the box and nurture their unique talents and skills. Students can learn critical life skills like rational thinking and brainstorming, budgeting, taking the risk, facing failure positively, business strategies, investing, and money management. These skills play a crucial role in developing an ecosystem that promotes innovation and creativity.
Being a job creator and not a job seeker:
The change is happening across the world- which is generating new opportunities. Experts believe that entrepreneurship is one of the critical facets of our economy as it drives employment and economic growth. An entrepreneur bears the power to transform the world through innovation and the introduction of new technologies, products, and services. They are huge contributors to building a society that is richer, adept, and technically advanced. By exposing children to innovation, we open their eyes and helps them understand the potential of being an entrepreneur. Thus, we need to overhaul the system of job seeking and encourage students to become job creators and innovators. They should be taught to challenge status-quo, take risks and innovate as opposed to look out for a steady job.
Aligning Career Paths and Competencies
Learning is the heart of the work. Technology continues to disrupt what we know, replacing it with new challenges for which we feel ill-equipped. Incorporating entrepreneurial skills into education is not all about inspiring students to start up their own company, it is rather about instilling qualities of creativity, passion, resilience, innovation, discipline and confidence in them. It is a learning that demonstrates how to be proactive, teaches money management, increases their risk-taking appetite and most importantly coaches them on how to cope with uncertainty, ambiguity. Entrepreneurship education benefits students from all socioeconomic backgrounds because it teaches kids to think outside the box and nurtures unconventional talents and skills.
Children need to be well aware and equipped with the right skills and talent to have a successful career. Entrepreneurial culture and training play a huge role in honing them with these precise skills and aptitude to nurture their unexplored talents and expertise essential for them to strive for success in the 21st century.