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The Open Mind final report received 94 out of 100 points for quality!

The Open Mind final report received 94 out of 100 points for quality. 

The innovative gamified open online course in social entrepreneurship attracted more than 1000 learners. It was a pleasure for us in the Business Foundation for Education, to be a part of this great partnership and adventure!

According to the final evaluation: “The project provides solid statistical data and analysis supporting the need for boosting entrepreneurial skills among university students, especially those from under-represented groups in entrepreneurship in general, such as women. The innovative character of the project lies in the social entrepreneurship combine with a gamified approach in the development of the training program and emphasis on women and other underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship. The project demonstrates good value for money. Project activities improve existing education practices and structures. “

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The Open Mind partnership has produced all planned results and outputs and exceeded the envisaged outreach.

The innovative gamified platform in social entrepreneurship attracted more than 1000 students, instead of 600, which was the targeted minimum.  As the impact assessment shows, 98% of students agreed that the course improved their knowledge of social entrepreneurship and their multidisciplinary/soft skills. 84% are very satisfied with their learning experience and 82% are very pleased with the knowledge about social entrepreneurship obtained during the training.

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Testimonies from participants:

  • “The project is interesting, it can be useful for people planning a social enterprise.”
  • “A great initiative”
  • “The project fits well with current needs”
  • “A useful initiative”
  • “I never really thought about setting up my own business before I saw this [MOOC] but I did enjoy today when we started to think of business ideas on things that I care about like climate change and art” (Student, Art and Design)

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BFE took part in a school career forum

FBO chairperson Mrs. Gergana Andreeva took part in the first career forum organized by "Ivan Apostolov" Private Language School on 28.02 in Sofia. She presented the Foundation's initiatives addressing young people and aimed at the development of skills for the future. The event was held with great interest and initiated the establishment of a career center in the school.

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Gender+ will promote gender inclusion in VET

Gender Sofia partners

The Business Foundation for Education hosted the kick-off meeting of the Gender+, which took place in Sofia on 14-15 January 2019. The 2-year Erasmus+ initiative is implemented by the partnership lead by the Aspire-igen (UK), Business Foundation for Education (Bulgaria), CIAPE (Italy), CSI (Cyprus), Learnmera (Finland) and LUNG (Slovenia). 

The project looks to: 

  • develop governance and benchmarking tools for use by VET professionals in order to understand and improve their current approach to gender inclusion; 
  • tackle underrepresentation of minority gender groups in VET, in particular for certain courses which continue to split down traditional gender lines; 
  • develop a complementary ‘top down’ approach which allows VET institutions to fully understand how different gender identities fit into their services, and so develop approaches which are fully inclusive to all. 

Gender Sofia objectives

The following intellectual outputs will be produced:

  • Gender+ Charter which will set out the minimum requirements an organisation needs to conform to in order to consider its provisions gender positive. This will be achieved through desk and field research into current best practices and emergent trends across Europe.
  • Interactive digital benchmarking tool which VET practitioners will be able to use to assess their current services and then track their improvement. This will be achieved through incentivised guidance and support which will highlight how VET organisations can evidence and improve provisions to meet the Charter’s minimum requirements. Each organisation’s score against the Charter will form a ‘Gender Footprint’, with those organisations scoring highly awarded a Gender+ quality mark.
  • Skills profile and resources for the development of a Gender Champion role. Through this the project will demonstrate the value for VET organisations in dedicating permanent time and resource to gender issues.

For more current information, follow the  Gender+ Facebook page  

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This project is funded with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Project No: 2018-1-UK01-KA202-048039. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
 

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