3.8 Development of entrepreneurship competence
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Croatia currently has no active learning strategy for entrepreneurship, but only the Strategy for Entrepreneurial Learning 2010-2014, which parts are still being applied according to information from the Ministry of Education and Science. At the time of writing this report, there was no plan to work on the new strategy.
The Action Plan for the period 2010-2014 contained 10 measures:
- develop a positive attitude and sensitize the public about entrepreneurship;
- increase the interest in training for entrepreneurship;
- introduce entrepreneurial learning and training in all development policies and programmes;
- introduce entrepreneurship as one of the key competences in all educational curricula;
- increase the capacity of educational institutions for the introduction of education for entrepreneurship;
- increase the competences of educators, teachers and trainers for entrepreneurship education;
- strengthen cooperation and networking of educational institutions, scientific-research and business entities on programmes;
- develop additional entrepreneurship programmes and contents of professional entrepreneurial competencies in formal and non-formal education and teaching;
- develop the entrepreneurial competence of all employees;
- increase the number of successful small businesses.
Education for entrepreneurship is addressed in the National Framework Curriculum adopted in 2010. The National Framework Curriculum determines entrepreneurial learning as a cross-curricular theme in primary and secondary education but there is still no curriculum developed to implement this component. Several schools have recognized the need to develop entrepreneurial attitudes of students and independently developed learning for entrepreneurship through faculty teaching.
Learning for entrepreneurship was supported by the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL), whose main goal was to establish strategic cooperation between the seven Western Balkan countries and Turkey, and which headquarter is in Zagreb.
There are no non-formal and informal learning programmes for entrepreneurship in Croatia that are coordinated by public institutions or financed from public resources.
There is no current entrepreneurial learning strategy or curriculum that would support the introduction of entrepreneurial learning in the education system, and there is no support system for teachers in engaged in entrepreneurship teaching in Croatia.