Saturday, November 11, 2006

UNESCO Philippines pushes entrepreneurship education

By Pia Lee-Brago, The Philippine Star

UNESCO Philippines Secretary-General Ambassador Preciosa Soliven stressed yesterday that entrepreneurship should be part of Filipino culture.

"Entrepreneurship is very significant in our country and I hope this conference will get things done because in our culture, entrepreneurship is not natural," Soliven said at the launching of the Pinoy Technopreneur School-on-Air Radio Teachers’ Training and Project held at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

She said UNESCO was tasked to declare a decade of sustainable development that gives importance to entrepreneurship.

She said entrepreneurship is a way of transmitting knowledge to inspire businesses and foster economic independence.

"And I am proud to say that we are with countries that will become centers of Asia-Pacific education, giving importance to sustainable development,’’ Soliven said.

"Our stand is we cannot sustain anything without human capacity. We are promoting, in the center, education for sustainable development,’’ she added.

She cited the need for the curriculum of the country’s 42,000 elementary schools to be revolutionized, reformed and scientifically-based.

Meantime, UNESCO officials joined Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro in handing over course modules on entrepreneurship education to 11 participating schools.

The participating schools are University of Mindanao (Davao City); Aklan State University (Banga, Aklan); Leyte State University (Baybay, Leyte); Columban Colleges (Olongapo City); Angeles University Foundation (Angeles City); UP Los BaƱos (Laguna); Technological University of the Philippines (Manila); OB Montessori (Greenhills, San Juan); Management System Consultants School (Laguna); ERDA Tech Foundation (Manila); and Ploughshares Inc. (NGO-Social Entrepreneurship) in Quezon City.

The project has received funds from UNESCO-Jakarta and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.

The course contains 10 modules developed by experts from the Asian Institute of Management and the Leading Entrepreneurs Toward Sensing Global Opportunities (LetsGo), a non-profit organization, and Andy Ferreira, a professor who is also an entrepreneurship guru.

The modules cover Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Self Mastery, Enterprise Mastery, Situation Mastery, Starting the Enterprise, Passion, Skills/Technology Delivery, Market, Seizing the Opportunity, and Resource Generation.

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