The Future of Learning:
Why is Entrepreneurial & Innovative Spirit so Important?

By offering an educational curriculum that nurtures personal traits, attitudes, and generic skills, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, we can better align with current global trends, national policies, and the goals of secondary school curriculum reform. (translated from Chinese)

— Professor Stephen Chiu Wing Kai, Dr. Maxwell Ho Chun-sing <香港不能缺席「開創教育」>

Why is pioneering and innovative spirit important?

Advancements in technology have transformed society and the labor market. Automation is replacing traditional jobs, causing disruptions in the labor market. These changes have also brought about complex challenges, such as shifting demand for skills, devaluation of academic qualifications, and the diversification of industrial structures. As a result, individuals are increasingly focusing on career development and reassessing the nature of education to meet the demands of this VUCA era.

Volatility
易變性

Uncertainty
不確定性

Complexity
複雜性

Ambiguity
模糊性

Entrepreneurial Education

The international community attaches great importance to developing students’ ability to adapt to innovation. In 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission (EU) jointly launched Entrepreneurship360 to develop a framework for entrepreneurial education through research on the situation in many European countries. In 2015, China also proposed a mass entrepreneurship and innovation policy to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit among the people.

With social encouragement and policy promotion, entrepreneurial education has been introduced in basic education in different regions.”Ongoing Renewal of the School Curriculum” issued by the Hong Kong Education Bureau in 2017, also includes entrepreneurial spirit cultivation as an imporant element.

Several studies have suggested that entrepreneurial spirits mostly involve the ability to create value that benefits society as a whole. In 2015, the OECD noted that the ability to value creation is a common core of many entrepreneurial education framework.

Report also concludes that entrepreneurial education is a variety of teaching methods and activities that develop students’ skills and experience to engage in value-creating actions, transforming opportunities and ideas into values for others.

Through the “Entrepreneurship & Innovation School-based Curriculum Pilot Programn”, Ednovators promotes the curriculum practice of entrepreneurial education in local schools, explores how to promote the development of values and soft skills of students, so as to equip the next generation to meet future challenges.

In today’s rapidly evolving technological and social landscape, the cultivation of soft skills such as creativity, collaboration, and leadership is becoming increasingly critical. These skills distinguish humans from machines and are also essential for individuals to maintain their competitiveness in future society. As machines become more advanced and automated, the value of soft skills is only set to increase, emphasizing the importance of developing these skills to remain relevant in the workforce.

Ms. Ada Wong, JP

  • Board of Directors,
  • Ednovators Founder & Chair,
  • Make A Difference Institute
  • Convenor Director,
  • The Good Lab

Cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit cannot be accomplished solely at the university level; instead, it should be fostered during the early stages of education, including primary and secondary school, to instill in students the values and skills associated with entrepreneurship.

Ms Kate Wan

  • Program Lead (Training & Incubation),
  • Ednovators

Developing future talents has always been one of our areas of focus. We are committed to promoting school-based entrepreneurial education, embarking on a journey to equip ourselves with the skills required to become future leaders of the 21st century is undeniably an incredible path for us!

Program Partner

The program has garnered support and participation from various sectors, enhancing the implementation of schools.

Program Advisor

Ms Wong Pui Pui

Teacher, T.W.G.Hs. Wong Fung Ling College (now serving T.W.G.Hs Li Ka Shing College as Vice Principal)

Mr. Peter Chung

Assistant Principal, Concordia Lutheran School

Mr. Martin Kwan

Director, One Impact Education

Mr. Terrence Chan

Social Innovation Expert

Research Consultant

Professor Chiu Wing Kai Stephen

Chair Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Ho Chun Sing, Maxwell 

Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL)

Partner School(s) (Secondary School)

HKUGA College

HKUGA College

St. Margaret’s Co-educational
English Secondary and
Primary School

Caritas Wu Cheng-Chung
Secondary School

Ju Ching Chu Secondary School
(Tuen Mun)

Partner School(s) (Primary School)

School: St. Bonaventure Catholic
Primary School

Sau Mau Ping Catholic
Primary School

Participating School(s)

Tai Po Old Market Public School