Be! an Entrepreneur is all about making skills come ALIVE. Every week, after reading a magical story in class, children go out into their communities and make a project. A project that helps them practice the skill they’ve just learned, to answer big questions: When have I used an entrepreneurial skill? Who in my family is an entrepreneur? What are the problems, and opportunities, in my area?
Every week, our master trainers travel to over 200 secondary government schools (so far!) to collect completed projects. We follow what children have learned, what they think, and, just for a little while, travel inside their worlds.
Our team in Patna reads and evaluates each project based on what children wrote, what they understood and how they presented their work. We’ve come up with a specific measurement rubric for each skills project, and the points add up! All this then goes into a database so we can follow the story of every child.
For the first skills project, we asked children to pick 5 skills and write 5 stories. We found that children have so many questions. They want to understand the tangled, confusing world around them.
Children have found inspiration for stories in so many places. They see entrepreneurial skills in their political leaders, on TV, in their communities, their classmates and their families.
Children participating in Be! Schools have very few resources, but even with a sheet of white paper and two color markers, they create works of art.
Put perhaps what’s most exciting is that children see inspiration within themselves. They tell us, ‘I’ve solved problems, I’ve cleaned up my neighborhood, I’ve taken risks to do the right thing. I can be an entrepreneur.’