Participants of the EIPTE (Entrepreneurship in Initial Primary Teacher Education) project from higher education institutions of 6 countries gathered at the Faculty of Pedagogy on March 2nd - 6th : Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany), AP Hogeschool (Belgium), Universidad de Deusto (Spain), Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall (Sweden), University College Absalon (Denmark) and Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Pedagogy.
During the intensive study program, which had a focus on policymakers, students learned about creativity, innovation, financial literacy, sustainable development and social responsibility, communication, and much more. The students had visited 4 schools with experience in teaching entrepreneurship at primary level. They also had the opportunity to meet representatives of business, non-governmental institutions and policymakers. They had an opportunity to attend an (Inter)national evening with Lithuanian folk songs, dances, music, instruments, and to taste national dishes of different countries. The week ended with a project multiplier event - an international conference - forum “Education for Sustainable Future Creators”, which was attended by a number of teachers from all over Lithuania. The presentations by researchers, teachers, NGOs and business representatives were complemented by student presentations and the World Café discussion on what are the obstacles of implementation of entrepreneurship education. Forum participants named obstacles and suggested solutions. National teams of students had prepared SWOT analyses of their own country’s situation about the implementation of entrepreneurship education, the SWOT analyses were presented as posters during the conference. Student project presentations what they had prepared during the week, covered the entrepreneurship education and sustainable development: they projected how community problems can be solved in an entrepreneurial way. The international board had given feedback for each international group of students and had chosen the best presentations.
We are grateful to all those who have contributed to the Intensive programme for those 60 highly motivated future primary school teachers, so they have experienced this extraordinary adventure, which will help them become even better prepared to work in the unpredictable future and create a more beautiful and better world.