Milena Stoycheva, CEO of JA Bulgaria
Over the last 9 months, close to 600 girls aged between 12 and 18 have taken part in 20 workshops dedicated to digital and entrepreneurial skills. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and a consortium of Junior Achievement offices, composed of JA Bulgaria, JA Greece, JA Lithuania, JA Romania, JA Serbia and JA Europe, together with our partner Apps for Good, teamed up to deliver trainings to equip young girls with the entrepreneurial and digital skills essential for their future working lives and support the EU’s Digital Education Action Plan.
Emma Kiraly, Project Manager, Entrepreneurial Skills Pass
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, one can only notice that the gender gap between boys and girls completing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is still wide: there are twice as many male graduates in STEM as there are female graduates (see this report from the European Commission from 2019).
Julie Linn Teigland, EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner and EY Global Leader – Women. Fast forward. Member of the JA Europe Board
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has the ambition of building a Europe that is fit for the digital age. I am not only supportive of this ambition, I believe that to make it a reality, we need European talent that is fit for the digital age.
Minna Melleri, EE-Hub Director
While more and more students across Europe have a hands-on experience while at school, many still do not have the opportunity. Headmasters and principals play a key role in the uptake and development of entrepreneurship education within their schools and the broader education systems. Recent research from Finland tells us what tools and methodologies make a difference.
Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe
There are few people who have done as much to raise the profile of Vocational Education and Training (VET) as Marianne Thyssen, outgoing EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. It was she who in 2014 launched the idea of a European Vocational Skills Week to heighten awareness of the value of VET and stimulate collaboration between stakeholders. Her mantra in speech after speech was that VET should not only be an equal choice, but a first choice. She is right.