On April 26, a group of Latin America’s most vibrant entrepreneurs gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a Latin America Entrepreneurship Education Round Table as part of the Global Education Initiative led by the World Economic Forum. The Global Education Initiative (GEI) is currently most active in Jordan, India, Egypt, the Palestinian territories and Rwanda. “The primary objective of the GEI is to raise awareness and support the implementation of relevant, sustainable and scalable national education sector plans on a global level through the increased engagement of the private sector.”
This meeting in Rio de Janeiro brought together the Steering Board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, the Latin America Action group and other leaders from business, government, academia and civil society. Featuring a special roundtable and working group co-chaired by Endeavor Brasil and UNESCO Latin America (a key partner in the GEI), the meeting focused on entrepreneurship education, the widening gap between skills and jobs in Latin America and the employability of youth.
Endeavor Brasil’s Juliano Seabra noted, “Entrepreneurship Education and mentorship were key for our Brazilian Endeavor Entrepreneurs. In Brazil, Endeavor is supporting the next generation of young entrepreneurs, passing on key lessons through our entrepreneurship education program Bota pra Fazer, through Global Entrepreneurship Week and through the free entrepreneurship content on our website.”
The meeting resulted in the creation of a manifesto, built on six pillars and a call to action:
1. Promote Entrepreneurship and Integration into Education
2. Raise Awareness and Build Political Commitment for Entrepreneurship Education
3. Leverage and Scale Good Practices Through Multistakeholder Partnerships
4. Ensure the Appropriate Metrics and Incentives are in Place
5. Train, Develop and Motivate Teachers
6. Launch Pilot Projects
The stakeholders plan to work toward these goals through awareness campaigns, urging the media to recognize successful entrepreneurs, integrating entrepreneurs into classrooms, building upon existing policy work, identifying, sharing and scaling up existing practices, developing an online platform for the sharing of education materials, and joining forces and consolidating initiatives in the region.