Empreendedorismo em Contexto Educativo

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Long name: Entrepreneurship Education for Children from 3 to 12 years old: Dreaming and Doing
Project Lead: Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo
Funding: Erasmus+, European Regional Development Fund


The development of children’s entrepreneurial skills, since preschool, has been receiving increasing attention. Entrepreneurship education (EE) consists of developing entrepreneurial abilities - skills such as: the ability to communicate, persuade, negotiate and solve conflicts, solve problems creatively, work with others, be self-confident, flexible and able to adapt to new situations, manage time, accept criticism, analyse and learn from mistakes. ESE-IPVC in partnership with CIM-Alto-Minho, the Coração Delta Association and its Education Center (CEAN), developed a Project that aims to foster the entrepreneurial education in children. The Project is directed to children from 3 to 12 years old. It is intended to contribute for children to transform ideas into action, creating conditions for them to accomplish their dreams. Children develop their own projects, based on their own ideas, while they develop soft skills. The project also received Erasmus+ funding to develop a teacher manual. The manual has materials and activities for children (ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-12 years). It identified goals at different levels (knowledge, skills and attitudes) by promoting active engagement of children in doing their own projects, based on their own ideas, while they explore the skills required in each of the following twelve steps: Stimulating ideas; Sharing ideas; What do I want to do; Mind-sets; Active Listening; Talking about the project; Working with collaborators; Identification of needs; Building prototypes to communicate the project; Collaborators' network; Task cycles; Project leadership. It is intended to support and train teachers, both in-service and pre-service. The project has been recognised by the European Commission (Entrepreneurship Education: A Guide for Educators) and OECD (Entrepreneurship360; http://http://www.oecd.org/site/entrepreneurship360/).

Main themes

  • Active citizenship
  • Involving stakeholders in education
  • Education-Community links
  • Financial Education

Geographical Area

Europe, Regional

Primary Audiences

  • Learners / students
  • Education leaders
  • Educators
  • Policy makers
  • Community stakeholders
  • Parents / carers
  • Researchers


  • Teacher training – pre-service and inservice
  • Seminar and workshops
  • Exhibition