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Student teams in the Czech Republic face social problems in the form of own social enterprises!

29. 03. 2021

On March 25, we held a final meeting of student teams representing selected schools from the Liberec and Ústí nad Labem regions and presented their social entrepreneurial ideas created within the InnoSchool project.

InnoSchool project develops the entrepreneurial mindset of high school students through traditional teaching and serious online game. Students have been working for several months on the development of social entrepreneurial ideas. The online event was their final quest to gain additional valuable experience as well as feedback for their ideas.

In the though competition, first place was awarded to the Business Crew team (students from Gymnázium a SOŠ Pedagogická Liberec, Jeronýmova) with the solution on how to teach children from orphanages financial literacy. Second place was taken by the student team Lieberečáci from Jeronýmova school (again :) ). They caught the jury's attention with a non-traditional concept of audiobooks. Tereza Tarantová (Děčínská Evropská Obchodní akademie) won the third place alone (!). Her business addresses the challenges of single mothers

Students from Vyšší odborná škola zdravotnická a Střední škola zdravotnická from Ústní nad Labem also presented their ideas. Big congratulations go to all the teams for their efforts and drive!

The jury consisted of Kateřina Lichtenberková from the National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic, David Špunar from Nenech to být, Taťána Šárovcová from Obchodní akademie Heroldovy sady and our colleague Michal Štefan sat on the jury. While the jury was discussing the performance of each team, we had the chance to learn about successful social enterprise established by Dana Kalistová - Kabinet CB. They are repairing and re-using old furniture that is supposed to be thrown away. A great example of a circular economy!

InnoSchool project was implemented in 6 schools in the Czech Republic. The final social entrepreneurial ideas are the result of a pilot deployment of the educational system InnoSchool, in which students gradually got in touch with social entrepreneurship and discovered business examples. During 5 educational modules, they tried particular steps leading to creating a successful social entrepreneurship plan. The pilot testing took place in another 8 countries and included more than 1 500 students. Results of this test are going to improve the entire educational system and thus facilitate its use in the upcoming years in schools in Europe.

Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)