Most schools nowadays teach Business Studies / Economics to students. The sad reality though, is that while this subject does indeed focus on the ins and outs of starting and managing a business, it does not teach our ambitious children and teens what it really means to be an entrepreneur. It does not teach them which of their personality traits and characteristics they should be aiming to hone. They don’t learn about the experiences (and failures) of now-successful entrepreneurs, such as Sir Richard Branson – one of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs who, believe it or not, actually performed quite poorly at school.
The SA Teen Entrepreneur team seeks to change all of this with the High School Entrepreneurs Society. We take a closer look at why this kind of entrepreneurship should be taught in schools.
Nothing in Life is Certain
Yes, a good education can go a long way; however, it is by no means a guarantee that your child is going to be able to get a job after he or she completes his or her studies! By teaching entrepreneurship, we equip our children with the skills and critical thinking needed to make their own way in life.
They Need to Grow a Thicker Skin
Surviving after school is no easy feat – as parents, we all know this to be true! Teaching entrepreneurship will help learners to discover how to handle criticism, how to get back up after a failure and how to keep going even when times are tough.
The World Needs More Go-Getters
If we are to get our economy back to a healthy state, South Africa needs more go-getters. Inspiring young people who aren’t comfortable following the crowd, but who set out to make their own crowd and their own luck in life. Motivated entrepreneurs who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer! It is this determination, coupled with unique ideas and creativity, that is sure to get our country back on track.
The good news is that, with your help, we can take steps towards ensuring that our children receive this type of valuable education at school. For more information on how we can work together to achieve this, become an SA Teen Entrepreneur parent supporter today.