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Promoting Regional Development Through a Collaborative Project in Entrepreneurship Education: Lessons from a Regional Experiment to Develop Entrepreneurial Competencies in Children and Youngsters

  • Sandra SaúdeEmail author
  • Sandra Lopes
  • Ana Piedade
  • Bárbara Esparteiro
  • Maria do Céu André
  • Margarida Silveira
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Part of the Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics book series (ESID)

Abstract

The chapter focuses on the reflection around the relationship between entrepreneurial empowerment and regional development, based on the assumptions, methodology and results of a self-sustained supramunicipal project in entrepreneurship education, promoted by a wide network of partners representing all the municipalities of Baixo Alentejo, Portugal, and coordinated by the Polytechnic Institute of Beja (IPBeja). The project Promoting Entrepreneurship Education at the Schools of Baixo Alentejo (PEEBA) was carried out in collaboration with Elementary Schools (1st to 2nd Ciclos) and kindergartens of Baixo Alentejo with the objective to nurture entrepreneurial competencies in children and youngsters aged 3–12 through practical and experiential entrepreneurship education. It provided them with entrepreneurial skills and attitudes that will increase their opportunities, by helping them face their lives with more initiative and confidence and/or be more proactive at work, or even start their own business in a near future, in the hope that this may eventually contribute to reduce the brain drain in Baixo Alentejo.

With the motto the socioeconomic future of our region will be shaped by the students we are educating now, the PEEBA is innovative and unique, since it consists in a platform that brings together all the key stakeholders in the field of entrepreneurship education within all the municipalities of a NUTS, in this particular case Baixo Alentejo, who show an interest in working collaboratively for a common goal: to create a shared ecosystem favourable to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial capacity.

Keywords

Entrepreneurship education Regional development Entrepreneurial competencies Children and youngsters 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The translation and english proof revision of the text was supported by national funds: CICS.NOVA—Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, UID/SOC/04647/2013, with the financial support of FCT/MCTES through National funds.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra Saúde
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sandra Lopes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ana Piedade
    • 1
  • Bárbara Esparteiro
    • 1
  • Maria do Céu André
    • 1
  • Margarida Silveira
    • 1
  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of BejaBejaPortugal
  2. 2.CICS.NOVA (Interdisciplinary Center of Social Sciences)LisbonPortugal

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