The ABE for Schools Global Impact Programme has been launched to provide schools in more affluent countries with the opportunity to twin with low-income schools in the Global South to enable them to offer the ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme.
This initiative follows on from the findings of the Educating Future Founders research launched in 2020. This study (the largest of its kind) looked at the impact of providing entrepreneurial education to children from the age of 11. The findings clearly showed that embedding entrepreneurialism in the secondary school curriculum will give young people the skills to create employment for themselves and others, and has been shown to provide better long-term life chances, equipping people with the resilience and adaptability needed for a fast-changing future.
However, young people in low GDP countries are often unable to access the type of education that will enable them to develop sustainable enterprises that could lift them out of poverty. This is particularly true for girls and the problem has been exacerbated by the global pandemic. On the back of these facts, the ABE for Schools Global Impact Programme is designed to help level the deep divides in access to quality education.
Speaking of the initiative, ABE Chief Executive Rob May said, "The Global Impact Programme offers a wonderful opportunity for sponsor schools to enhance learning and promote global citizenship. It will facilitate the exchange of ideas between learners, providing students with a unique glimpse into the social conditions and challenges faced by children and aspiring young entrepreneurs in low-income countries. As a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping people improve their lives through gaining high-quality business and entrepreneurial skills, this type of initiative which promotes inclusion and opportunity for all is central to our ethos. "