Objectives of the project

In the context of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) objectives, using non-formal education methods and exchange of good practices, the Bulgarian Memory Foundation (BGMF), Bulgaria and the Problem-Based Institute (PBL Institute), Lithuania implemented a project with the objective to generate a new methodology: “Project-based learning for promotion of youth entrepreneurship competences”

In order to do that, three events were implemented targeting at the following impact:

1) Developing in thirty (30) young people entrepreneurial and 21st century skills and competences they need to enter the labour market as entrepreneurs and/or as entrepreneurial employees (the so-called “intrapreneurship”) by:

*improving their personal growth and social inclusion through the new methodology (project-based learning for promotion of youth entrepreneurship competences)

*encouragement to share their opinion about their educational and professional development

2) Enhancing exchanged experience and involvement with the new methodology on project-based learning for promotion of youth entrepreneurship competences of youth workers who were acquainted with:

*different methods of PBL as learning-by-absorption (by means of absorbing new information, assimilating it and then applying it to commercial ends) and learning-by-reflection (the individual possesses knowledge of the circumstances of their actions and the interpretive and normative rules that they follow)

*efficient teaching methods used to teach entrepreneurship – case studies, preparing business plans, games and simulations, group projects/assignments;

*the way (social) entrepreneurship and creativity can best be developed through PBL

3) Development, enriching and testing among various groups the new training methodology and gathering feedback about it through:

*presentation of project results according to the different target groups and revealing of good practices for learning;

*focusing on the link between formal and non-formal education through the new methodology;

*implementation of the new methodology at secondary school level.

Target groups of the project:

The target groups of the project are: young people; youth workers; staff members; other relevant stakeholders including non-formal education practitioners, teachers, and representatives of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. More than 50% of the participants were socio-economically disadvantaged young people from regions with differences in ethnic and religious composition.

Results of the project (available for download at “Results of the project” section of this Platform):

-New methodology developed: “Project-based learning for promotion of youth entrepreneurship competences” methodology;

-A Toolkit about project-based learning; entrepreneurship education based on the new methodology created : “Methodology book for facilitators”;

-The current Educational Platform developed.

The Current Platform is practically an educational platform as it includes both news about the execution of the project as well as analyses and articles about PBL and entrepreneurship, their correlation and a number of video materials related to the topic. Through an established connection between the platform and the created Facebook page of the project, users of the platform are able to follow updates from the learning activities/events in real time. This it is an online environment both for implementing the project’s dissemination activities and distribution of the project educational products – the “Project-based learning for promotion of youth entrepreneurship competences” methodology and the related curriculum, the Toolkit – “Methodological book for facilitators” with all annexed training tools to it, as well as other training/didactive materials.