How to create an entrepreneurial mind set and skills, how to teach entrepreneurship – these questions kicked off the discussions at a two-day international conference in Chisinau, capital of the Republic of Moldova.
The event was organised jointly by the European Commission, the Republic of Moldova and the ETF in the context of Eastern Partnership Platform 4. It brought together close to 100 practitioners and policy makers from six Eastern Partnership countries. They debated entrepreneurship as a key competence within the formal education and non-formal training.
The conference was opened by Maia Sandu, minister of education of the Republic of Moldova, Wicher Slagter, head of political section of the EU delegation in Chisinau, and Grigore Belostecinic, Rector of the Academy of Economic Sciences, which hosted the event.
Ms Sandu, Minister of Education of the Republic of Moldova highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial learning for the development of the country and its human capital. She said that in this context the teacher training is one of the most important elements.
The sharing of policy approaches and exchange of innovative practices in the development of entrepreneurship as key competence follows the 2012 policy assessment in line of the EU’s Small Business Act in the Eastern Partnership region. The countries are facing common challenges and they can learn from each other’s experience. The EU’s experience in this area may also serve as an inspiration.
In the Republic of Moldova, the EU has provided substantial support to develop vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurial learning in lifelong perspective. The Torino Process report on the Republic of Moldova identified VET as a priority area and a tailor-made education corresponding to the labour market needs as an urgent need.