The European project DOIT suggests how Europe can step up and make early-stage entrepreneurship education for young people more practice-based and effective. The suggested approach is empowering 6 to 16 years old children and youth to co-create solutions for social and environmental issues together with facilitators. The DOIT learning programme spans and integrates three facets:
- Social Innovation: we see young people as engaged citizens, who can tackle societal issues and develop innovative solutions.
- Entrepreneurial Education: The DOIT toolbox materials support the development of entrepreneurial mindsets and skills, as well as social businesses through direct learning experiences.
- Makerspace and Digital Fabrication Tools: DOIT builds upon open workshops with digital tools and maker education as a core.
DOIT activities and material build upon these facets, which result in a (social) innovation process consisting of seven elements. Learn more about the programme in the handbook, take a look at the material in the innovation toolbox or use one of the workshop descriptions for your own purposes.
How can you support young learners to develop a creative and innovative way of thinking to solve societal challenges? Learn more about the seven elements of the DOIT learning programme and how to design your own social innovation workshops in open learning settings. We offer the handbook in multiple languages:
Guide for a successful DOIT workshop
We have captured the lessons learnt from our year-long pilot activities throughout Europe. How can you engage young learners with social innovation, facilitate entrepreneurial learning and successfully use (digital) tools and technology in your own workshops? Take a look!
Learn more about the different topics and workshop settings you can use for your social innovation projects. Take a look at some examples from the DOIT team and scroll through the toolbox for more material! You can easily implement and adapt the examples for your own purposes.
Recommendations for the work with children with special needs
During the project, some partners also addressed the issue of how to reach specific target groups. From the experiences of the partners various recommendations for the work with children with special needs emerged, which were summarized in a report: "Recommendations on how to reach special target groups".