How can we inspire entrepreneurial thinking at school?
Dutch, South African educators explore cross-continent ideas through Afrika Tikkun
Educators and learners from the Netherlands visited the Afrika Tikkun Centre in Mfuleni today to collaborate with South African curriculum planners on innovative methods to inspire entrepreneurial thinking at schools.
For Onderwijs Maak Je Samen, the main purpose of the trip was to deepen their understanding of the South African education landscape. The majority of the participants were school principals who wanted to explore the challenges and strengths found within the South African education system. In addition to this, they also sought to share their own experiences on teaching entrepreneurial skills and being entrepreneurial school leaders. Some of the participants delved into the potential of internships for students.
The NGO aims to function as an exchange platform for South African and Dutch learners. Onderwijs Maak Je Samen will be visiting public and private schools in the Cape this month to meet school principals and educators. This is the first time that the Dutch NGO Onderwijs Maak Je Samen (Education is achieved together) brings out a group of learners to interact with South African learners.
Afrika Tikkun CEO Marc Lubner said stated, “Afrika Tikkun is delighted to act as host to the Dutch learners and educators. “Although the project is still in an exploratory phase, the objective of inspiring entrepreneurship at school level fits into our vision to develop young people from cradle to career – stretching their potential to live the life they choose.”
Representative of the Netherlands Consulate General, Claude van Wyk also attended the workshop. “This initiative truly encapsulates the work that we do in South Africa through the #cocreateSA campaign*: building relationships, putting the demand side at the core of every conversation and focusing on long-term commitments and partnerships. South Africans are naturally innovative and intuitive in entrepreneurial thinking. This programme will ensure that a younger generation will be able to leapfrog the time it takes to learn through trial and error. We look forward to all that you will achieve together!” he stated.
Also present was the Dreamcatcher Foundation who has been training women in townships to become tourism entrepreneurs since 1994 – long before tourism was a buzzword in Cape Town, and long before Airbnb was on the internet map. The Dreamcatcher “Kamammas” as they are fondly known, served the Dutch guests some of their township special dishes, in true Kamamma style. They act as perfect role models for future tourism entrepreneurs – how to offer our tourists a true South African experience.
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