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The network for entrepreneurship education consists of various local, regional and national actors. Networking allows the strengths of different actors to be exploited and entrepreneurship education practices to be developed in cooperation with different organisations and actors participating in working life.
Implementers of the North Ostrobothnia model for entrepreneurship education 2023–27:
Promoting Finnish entrepreneurship education:
4H gives children and young people the opportunity to discover their own strengths through ‘learning by doing’. 4H is involved in creating a safe and responsible path to an active and sustainable lifestyle and working life, and in promoting entrepreneurship through hobbies. 4H runs, for example, 4H business activities and ‘Ysit töihin’ activities.
The Opinkirjo Development Centre supports children and young people in learning communities to find a basis for a good, meaningful life. Opinkirjo offers practical, free solutions to support teachers and counsellors in their work. For example, Opinkirjo organises the annual ‘Yritys Hyvä’ competition and has produced the Future Entrepreneurs workbook.
Keski-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät Association
Keski-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät is a regional association of Suomen Yrittäjät in the Central Ostrobothnia area Keski-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät is responsible for representing the interests of businesses in its region. It has 22 local associations and more than 2,600 member companies. The organisation’s advisory services, training, events and member benefits provide support and assistance to all member entrepreneurs.
The Children and Youth Foundation provides children and young people with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to build a future. A key initiative of the foundation is the Dreams programme.
Junior Achievement association (NY) ry offers programmes for schools and educational institutions to support entrepreneurship and working life and economic skills in children and young people. The programmes are practical and free of charge. Programmes include Little Entrepreneurs and Year as an Entrepreneur.
The Youth Academy is an expert in youth inclusion, promoting this concept to schools and educational institutions and providing opportunities for businesses and communities to engage with young people. For example, Youth Academy organises #Tarkkafyrkka school visits and offers the Rules of the Working Life game (only in Finnish and Swedish).
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät is a regional association of Suomen Yrittäjät in the Northern Ostrobothnia area. Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät works for the benefit of SMEs in the region. Its activities consist of regional and national lobbying. Businesses are supported at all stages of their life cycles. Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät are represented in more than 60 different national and regional bodies, and put forward the entrepreneur’s point of view. There are 29 local associations with almost 4500 members.
Economy and Youth TAT provides municipalities and educational institutions with services, curricula and training to give all young people, regardless of their background, the opportunity to learn skills essential for the future. The activities are built around a service pathway that provides content from primary to secondary school. These include the ‘Yrityskylä’, the ‘Taloussankari’ and business courses.
Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion promotes saving by developing financial literacy among young people, and offering financial education, investment skills and investor protection in Finland. It also promotes tax treatment that encourages investment. For example, the foundation has launched the ‘Pörssilähettiläs’ program and organises financial literacy training for teachers with its partners.
The YES network provides support and opportunities for developing entrepreneurial skills for municipalities, educational institutions and other entrepreneurship education actors. It also networks with other actors interested in entrepreneurship education. The YES network provides materials such as a guide to entrepreneurship education teams, a handbook for municipalities, and a guide to cooperation between educational institutions and actors participating in working life.