Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe, and Asheesh Advani, CEO, JA Worldwide
Entrepreneurial ventures not only create employment opportunities around the world, but also build the skills employers seek in their employees, and help tackle local and global social issues. For this reason, we believe that every young person—regardless of geographic location, educational attainment, gender, or age—deserves access to entrepreneurship education and the benefits it brings.
Ulla-Alexandra Mattl, Project Manager, Lifelong Learning Platform
“I am almost 18 and I have no idea about taxes, rent or insurance. But, I can analyse a poem. In 4 languages.” This tweet by the 17-year-old Naina sparked a debate in 2015 about the relevance of what students are learning in the classroom. Today, this debate is more important than ever if students are to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the 21st Century.
Yann Camus, President, JADE
In the recent years, entrepreneurship education has become a key priority at European level. Indeed, to counter slow economic growth, insufficient company creations and a high unemployment rate (especially for young people, reaching 17.2 % in the EU281 ), the European Union needs to give the right tools and support to its people so they can become better skilled and even create their own company.
Slavica Singer, Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship at the J.J. Strossmayer University
Caroline Jenner in her blog from April 2015 asked the question “Entrepreneurship education – can we make the leap?” Two years after, just browsing through the titles of blogs provided by educators, policy-makers, business people, we can say YES, we can and YES, we will do it.
Friederike Soezen, Policy Advisor in the Educational Policy Department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy in many European Member States. There is no healthy economy without strong SMEs. One good example of representing its members is the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO - Wirtschaftskammer Österreich).