JA Europe brings policy-makers 'Back to School'

Brussels, Belgium, 08 February 2016

JA Europe, in cooperation with its membership across Europe, is launching the ‘JA Back to School’ campaign, an endeavour to bring more entrepreneurship into the classroom. Members of National Parliaments (MPs) and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are invited to (re)connect with schools in their country and witness entrepreneurship education in action.

“Entrepreneurship education is a priority in only 11 European countries and, despite calls to the contrary, we are seeing ever deepening-budget cuts to education. Europe’s competitiveness and youth employment will therefore only continue to suffer. JA Back to School puts the decision-makers back in touch with the economic potential sitting in our classrooms,” says Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe. “Together, we can do a lot to make Europe more entrepreneurial,” she added.

The first visit of the campaign is taking place on 8 February in Czech Republic. MEP Martina Dlabajova, Chair of the campaign and MEP Ambassador for entrepreneurship education under the European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork (EE-HUB) will visit a classroom in the Gymnasium Ostrava Hrabůvka. 

"I am thrilled and honoured to be chosen as the Chair of such a great initiative with its first kick off in Ostrava. Supporting youth employment as well as promoting active approach and entrepreneurial spirit among young people has been at the forefront of my interest since the beginning of my parliamentary work. We need entrepreneurship education to become integral to the national curricula. Europe's potential resides in its human creativity and talent and it would be a big sin not to make good use of it. We need to motivate young people and foster their entrepreneurial spirit, no matter what career path they choose. And that's why I am here today!" says Ms Dlabajova.

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About JA Europe

JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. In 2015 we equipped 3.5 million students in 39 countries with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require to start a business or get a job. 

JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®.

For more information please contact:

Mathilde Poncelet
Policy & Communications, JA Europe
+32 2 735 97 20

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