The challenge of entrepreneurship as a goal of the YEA , Young Entrepreneurs in Action Project, was put to the students of the Agrupamento de Escolas de Vale de Ovil, Baião, in Portugal, and ideas began to emerge. From the most complex, as services to the population in the area of radio and the cinema to the simplest ones related to the creation of simple products the proposals were varied.
The fact that we are at the beginning and we want to develop entrepreneurship and financial literacy in young people, we decided to encourage students to take the steps to create a company that creates and sells a very simple product.
We started the robotic lessons. We bought Arduinos and it’s equipment with the Project management budget. And each Thursday, we study on it. We have some ideas…. While learning coding, we try to develop our product idea’s protypes which will be exhibited 29th of May.
Turkish students participated financial literacy seminar with all Erasmus+ groups. It’s given by Psychological counselor; Canan Akmanoğlu Bayrak who is founder of manibox. Manibox is a safety and easy pocket money management system which is monitoring by parents. Students realized the importance of managing saving our pocket money that we learnt how to manage our pocket Money. They got the attendance Certificate and sample of Manibox as a gift.
Taking advantage of the objectives of the YEA project that is currently being attended by students of our school, a collection of posters has been made that call for the need to practice a more responsible consumption and that warns of the importance of savings in our lives.
Modern living habits associated with the great pressure exerted by advertising and society at large can jeopardize the sustainability of our family life and our planet in terms of its biodiversity and regenerative capacity.
We also want to make our community aware of the role played by the small family economy, such as small cultures and the raising of animals for the lives of our grandparents.
The YEA Project was present at the show of activities, clubs and projects organized by the Agrupamento de Escolas de Vale de Ovil in Baião, that took place on April 30, 2018.
Our YEA Erasmus+ project´s topic is financial literacy so we decided to take our pupils to the most important Czech bank. Each ear two classes went to Prague to see the bank and learn something new and interesting about our currency and bank systém. The Czech National Bank is the central bank and financial market supervisor in the Czech Republic and it is a member of the European System of Central Banks. Its seat, the bank palace was constructed between 1935 and 1942 in the functionalism style according to the design of František Roith. The bank offer a very interesting exhibition People & Money that illustrates the history of money evolution from flint to digital money and chips and provides a comprehensive picture of both monetary and financial development in our country. We could see 65 show-cases displaying unique exhibits and payment instruments, represented in various shapes, forgeries and examples of money protection techniques.
Many curricula and experts argue that giving a piggy bank to a child is a very important step in teaching to save. Because we think that it is very important show to our kids that saving money can ensure a better future and it is a way to buy anything we need in the future, we promote a workshop when kids made their own piggy bank.
This workshop was developed under YEA project of ERASMUS+ programme and our students participated with enthusiasm. We hope our kids use them!
Students who participated Erasmus+ team created money boxes. They prepared money boxes with old stuff. They learnt that how to reuse old staff. They used empty tin, jar, box. And also, they had first step to save money with their own product. Each of them were art crafts.
Erasmus + is an EU program for education, training, youth and sport, which entered into force on 1ST January 2014. The main objectives of this project are: to promote exchanges and cooperation, as well as mobility between education and training systems at European level; to contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning and active and intercultural citizenship.
This specific school year, the program in which the Vale de Ovil School Group participates is called "Young Entrepreneurs in Action", with the aim of developing entrepreneurship and financial literacy. To publicize the project activities, an interactive space - Erasmus + Corner - was created in the school library to disseminate news and activities related to the project.
Waste disposal containers are known to all students by their colour. Therefore, they needn't read the labels on them to properly dispose the waste in the appropriate container. But third grade students started to play and decided to create their imaginative, unusual containers for their classroom. Such containers encourage them to sort each and every small piece of waste properly.
Plastic cups are often thrown away after a single use. Students from the third grade thought of a way to use them longer. In their art maps they found many remains of small pieces of colourful paper collage. They glued and decorated the cups. Now they are used as boxes for school supplies: pencils, pens, markers. Students actively participate in dividing waste and are constantly coming up with new ideas for progress.The stimulus in their efforts is now the ERASMUS project that is currently being implemented at the school.
Students of the 4th grade with his teacher María Toplek and with the help of the parents, celebrated the International Volunteer Day. Teachers, parents and pupils decided to gave their free time, skills and enthusiasm to the community to make a healthy, humane and happier world.
We spent the day in shelter for Abandoned Animals "Friends" in Čakovec. We participated in preparing and distributing food with the supervision of their employees. Pupils took care of animal protection and face the problem of abandoned and rejected animals and realize the needs and urge the wider community to help. We collected and the money, the food, the blankets we took to the asylum, to alleviate the winter days to our pets.
Pupils from class 4D celebrated Days of Bread in cooperation with Čakovec mills. We were guests in their Play café.
The manager showed us a presentation of breadmaking in all the phases of the production. The whole drive is computerized and there are only few jobs that are still done manually. It was interesting for pupils to watch robots move bread from one process to another. They saw how the lines on the upper side of the bread are made for the first time. It's one of the rare jobs that is not computerized and the baker manually manages it. Still, they are so handy and quick that the students were really impressed by their skill.
Students of the class 4D marked the Day of Games at the library of the town of Čakovec. This date is important for all children. Games are important for all people, especially children.
We rest our brains from daily efforts and obligations when we are playing games. We also learn and acquire new knowledge and skills. There are many different games and ways in which we can play them.
When we play with friends we get to know each other better. We also learn how to be tolerant. It is also useful to learn the skill of collaborative work. Through games we learn how to accept defeat but also how to win.
Turkish students visited İŞ Bank and its museum. They had opportunity to compare banks at past and at present. They learnt when it was established and whom it was established by, which way was followed in the development process. They saw that advertisements were used from the past and given money boxes to kids. They saw development of bank system from past to future, how to keep important indentures and how to open rented boxes. For example they learnt that ıf you rent a box from bank, it has two keys; one belong to who rent it, and other one belong to bank officer. It cannot open with one key. Both of them have to come together and then it can be opened. And students answered questions which museum officer asked while passing to each museum section.
On 31st January 2018 an officer of the “Banco di Napoli del gruppo San Paolo” came to school and met our students. After a short personal presentation, he explained our students what a bank is for and what people do in a bank. He described the meaning of PIL, he talked about money purchase, he explained what an interest rate is and the difference between a loan and a mortgage. At the end, he expressed the concept of benefits given to companies by banks so that young people can make their dreams come true. All students liked this topic a lot and they began to think about their future. Thanks to Erasmus project we talked about economy and savings before speaking about business.