EduMais volunteer, Anna Bowman, hit on a bright idea while planning English classes for final-year pupils in 2018. Why not combine the students’ English learning with a course on entrepreneurship? That way, we could expose them to an array of possibilities for their future lives.
EduMais’s entrepreneurship course was born! As well as expanding practical English vocabulary, the course gives students the chance to develop business skills and experiences that prepare them for life after school.
To design the course, we collaborated with Novos Líderes Empreendedores, a local NGO that provides commercial education to children and adults residing in less privileged areas of Rio de Janeiro. We then adapted the template they supplied to the particular needs and capabilities of Edumais’s students.
During the course, students design a business project to address a need in the community. While continuing to improve their English, they have an invaluable opportunity to picture themselves as business owners.