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Innovative skills are part of the National Curriculum Framework document (2012) and are also part of the cross-curricular themes which have been developed, under Education for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity.
Innovative skills are also included in the My Journey document which encourages the development of innovation in the choices that learners opt for, during their secondary cycle of compulsory education.
Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation are considered to permeates all aspects of the curriculum. The overall goals of entrepreneurship education are to give learners the attitudes, knowledge and capacity to act in an entrepreneurial way and to acquire the skills that will promote their lifelong employability in a rapidly changing commercial, economic and social environment. This includes becoming entrepreneurial citizens in other spheres beyond industry or employability. These goals require the development of the 'soft' generic personal and interpersonal skills fundamental to becoming entrepreneurial, as well as the fostering of the more discrete entrepreneurial knowledge and understanding required to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours and to possess an entrepreneurial mindset which is both creative and innovative.
Creativity is generally recognised as both an innate yet often under-developed quality in young people, as well as a practical skill that helps to unlock an entrepreneurial disposition. It is a skill that can be taught and that everyone can aspire to. It involves opening up young peoples' thinking processes in ways that help them to look at familiar things with a fresh eye, to identify and frame a problem and to generate solutions whilst using their imagination, knowledge and skills to explore new possibilities rather than established approaches.
The ability to be innovative and the confidence to look for innovative responses to opportunities or problems encountered is best nurtured in a safe, supportive environment where this type of approach is encouraged, recognised and rewarded. Such a pedagogy requires allowing learners time to reflect on a situation and tap their resources and imagination to develop plans and solutions. It also requires time for implementation of new processes and the application of new ideas. Teaching and learning for innovation might even include space to 'learn from failure'.
Providing pedagogical tools and support is intended to be part of the training provided to educators, with respect to all the cross-curricular themes within the Learning Outcomes Framework.
Kreattiv is a non-formal education programme managed by the Arts Council Malta aiming to promote innovation and experimentation amongst young people. The programme engages educators (including youth workers) and creative practitioners in dialogue and collaboration while encouraging young people and educators to work creatively and innovatively through the application of different creative tools. The aim is to initiate creative projects through collaborations between educators, young people, creative practitioners and other relevant sectors such as science and technology. Chosen projects are then allocated a maximum of € 5,000 or € 8,000 if the applicant is collaborating with another entity.
Changemakers, supported by the Ministry for Economy, Investment and Small Business, Mita Innovation Hub, Malta Enterprise and Malta Innovation Hub organise the annual Malta Innovation Summit. This conference brings together top international and local business leaders and innovation stakeholders to discuss, learn and share innovation best practices through keynotes, presentations, expert panels, mater-classes, workshops and networking opportunities all aimed at boosting their innovation capabilities. As part of this conference Malta Innovation Summit organises an Innovation Hackaton. During this event young people have the opportunity to put their business designing skills to the test and give life to their ideas while getting a better understanding of what an innovation process really involves. Young participants are grouped in teams with a mentor who guides them through the process. Ideas are then pitched to a panel of experienced judges and winners are presented with tickets for the main day of Malta Innovation Summit. In 2019 the Ideation topics included – Circular Economy; Healthy Lifestyle; Food Sustainability; Smart Cities; E-Mobility and Climate Change.