Entrepreneurship for Youth Program at Darüşşafaka High School in Turkey
As a part of our ongoing efforts, Beba Foundation has been providing support for the preparation of entrepreneurship and innovation curriculum, and is currently organizing training for students and teachers in Darüşşafaka High School that started with the 2021-2022 academic year.
Protocol for cooperation in entrepreneurship, innovation, and business administration training for students of Darüşşafaka High School was signed on August 19th, 2021 by M. Tayfun Öktem, Chairman of Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society, Ebru Arpacı, General Manager of Darüşşafaka Educational Institutions, and Founders of Beba Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation, Ümran Beba and Prof. Dr. Ali Beba. The project will be applied in a timeframe of 1+3 years.
First-year encompassing the 2021-2022 academic calendar, is a talent atelier format open to all high school students, graduates, teachers, personnel of Darüşşafaka. Starting with 2022-2023 academic year the program will be offered as a formal course starting with 10th graders.
The curriculum and training materials are prepared jointly with Beba Foundation by using the content of Prof. Beba's book entitled "Başıma Ticari İcat Çıkar", and it is expected to be integrated into the relevant curriculum of the Turkish Ministry of Education as a technical elective course. The program aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for doing research, project management, critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, liaising, use of information technologies, making presentations, and overall financial literacy.
“This cooperation entered into with Beba Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation will develop the points of view of our students and will be very useful in order to ensure that they make entrepreneurship and innovation concepts a part of their lives. This program is planned to be sustainably continued and further developed in Darüşşafaka for long years,” said M. Tayfun Öktem, Chairman of Board of Directors of Darüşşafaka Society, in his speech at the signing ceremony of the project protocol. “It is a new and exciting subject for our students and teachers. We are happy to be a part of such a project of a specialized team which will surely open up the horizons of our students in entrepreneurship, innovation, and business administration topics in our school,” said Ebru Arpacı, General Manager of Darüşşafaka Educational Institutions.
“We are more than glad to bring this program to Darüşşafaka Educational Institutions and their students. The experiences we have acquired around the globe over many years will be the main source of content and training focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and business administration topics that will be customized for grades 9, 10, and 11” said Prof. Dr. Ali Beba.Ümran Beba also expressed her excitement and happiness for being a partner in this project.