Training course: “Social inclusion through ENTREPRENEURSHIP” Kumanovo
From the 25th to the 29th of September, two of our interns took part, on behalf of YEU, in the training course for youth workers and educators “Social inclusion through ENTREPRENEURSHIP” in Kumanovo, Macedonia.
The TC was hosted by YEU member organisation CID (Center for Intercultural Dialogue) and constituted the second part of a wider project with the same name, developed in cooperation with the Belgian Out of the Box International and the German Wisamar.
All through the week, the 8 participants dealt with adult learning, issues related to being a trainer and the central topic, social entrepreneurship. The latter was approached step by step, starting from brainstorming activities on the meaning and mission of social entrepreneurship and proceeding then by proposing and developing our ideas of business. The final outcomes were three detailed business plans developed in small groups, each one conceived as an answer to a social problem close to our experiences (for example youth unemployment and the mobility of students).
The location, a folkloristic hotel in the countryside of Kumanovo, played a big role in the cohesion of the small group, who could enjoy several social moments to exchange views and experience in between the activities.
Social entrepreneurship as a process is gaining increased importance in civil society nowadays, and is intended to become even more relevant in tackling crucial issues such as unemployment, inequality and discrimination. Through social enterprises, everyone can give a contribution to resolving local problems affecting their community. This is why we, as YEU, consider it very important that young people gain entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to empower them to get involved in civil society and increase their spirit of initiative.
Teresa Vio and Giulia Muzzuru