The GREENT project (full name: “Blended Learning Design Methodology for Education in Green Entrepreneurship at Secondary Schools”) is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU and combines the efforts of 5 organizations, active in the field of entrepreneurship education in 5 EU countries: Junior Achievement Bulgaria, Junior Achievement Greece, Junior Achievement Romania, Young Enterprise Sogn og Fjordane (Norway), and Junior Achievement Latvia. The project will attempt to offer a long-term solution to a key pan-European challenge, related to the development of the green mindset of future generations of EU entrepreneurs. The project addresses the need for transformation of the EU economy into a green one and the development of new skills required for both green jobs and entrepreneurship. The GREENT project is a continuation of JA Bulgaria and Young Enterprise Sogn og Fjordane’s highly successful pilot project “Green Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development” realized in 2014-2015.
The project aims at bridging the “gap” in the educational system between the need of new green skills and the lack of adequate educational content for the development of such skills, through an innovative training course for teachers in delivering green entrepreneurship education, utilizing blended learning methodology. The key innovation is that teams of pilot teachers receive green entrepreneurship training and the opportunity to develop the complete set of GREENT lessons to be used in the classroom. The project will involve directly at least 25 teachers and 500 high-school students in piloting the green entrepreneurship course in the 5 partner countries.
Teachers will learn how to utilize new content (green entrepreneurship), methods (blended learning) and tools (online education platforms) to deliver high quality education. Furthermore, they will improve their digital competences and their understanding for the demands of greening the economy.
Secondary school students will develop green entrepreneurial mindsets, which will improve their entrepreneurship, digital and language competences; overall educational attainments; openness to international cooperation with other teachers and students; enhanced intercultural awareness.
Additional impacts are related to increased synergies and links between education and business; reinforced interaction between practice, research and policy in each system; intensified use of open educational resources (OER) for continuous training of the teaching community; increased number of good practices in content and language integrated learning. Thus the project will enhance the educational systems of the countries involved and serve as a basis for further development.
Main project activities:
- Desk research: The partners will conduct 3 desk researches on green entrepreneurship education, blended learning models and practices, online platforms for learning. The desk reports produced will be used to develop GREENT syllabus, blended learning methodology and sample lessons.
- Syllabus, methodology and sample lessons development: This activity will include development of a syllabus for green entrepreneurship education, methodology for blended learning and template for lessons to be used by teachers to develop the full lessons to cover the whole syllabus.
- Testing and teacher collaboration on lessons development: The partners will first test and validate the syllabus, blended learning methodology and sample lessons through focus groups with relevant experts; then, the full set of GREENT lessons will be developed through collaborative teamwork of teachers from the five countries; and finally, a new round of testing and validating lessons developed by teachers will follow. Teachers that participated in the collaborative development of green entrepreneurship lessons will pilot them using the blended learning methodology and relevant online education platform in their classrooms. The total number of students expected to be reached is 500 students (each teacher is expected to deliver pilot training within an extracurricular course to 20 students on average).
- Innovation camps “I think Green!”: There will be one national innovation camp organised in each partner country. The purpose is to allow pilot GREENT students to take the role of transformational leaders and “contaminate” their peers with the spirit of green entrepreneurship. The 1-day format will allow for students from various parts of each country to sit together in teams and develop innovative solutions, forward looking to the green economy. Participating students will be split into groups of 4-5 persons and will be asked to find the answer to a business challenge, unveiled to them on the same day. The challenge will focus on green entrepreneurship and will require from them to propose a product, service or solution that would further enhance the transition to the green economy.
- International conference “I teach Green!”: The international conference will be organised in September 2017. The event will offer opportunity for representatives of all relevant stakeholders to acknowledge the value of GREENT intellectual outputs, listening to personal testimonials of teachers and students, experienced green entrepreneurship education.
If you want to find out more about what blended learning is, here is a short introductory video: