Nightingale Academy in Enfield, has been awarded an EU funded Erasmus+ grant worth half million euros (£400k) to develop a youth enterprise and global entrepreneurship project. The funding will span over 3 years and will enable the Academy to work in close collaboration with young people in Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Poland, Romania and France.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.
The funding will offer an exciting opportunity for local communities to enhance their learning of Global Citizenship, such as active citizenship, empathy, tolerance and responsibility, as well as enable many students from deprived socio-economic backgrounds to visit partner countries.
It will also support local partner schools giving children the opportunity to be part of international events.
Over 60 Nightingale students will benefit directly by gaining intensive training on various aspects of business and enterprise, such as market research, product design, finance, marketing and presentation. This will give them a first-hand insight into the intricacies of the world of global entrepreneurship, which will develop a number of 'soft skills' highly sought after in today’s job market. The whole school will also benefit as many activities will involve all Nightingale students in international days and the hosting of the final visit by students and staff from all partner schools.
Principal, Ann Palmer said: “The funding will truly put Edmonton and Enfield on the map for thousands of young people across Europe, who will eventually spend one week in the area. This project is a true reflection on a global market we are proud of."
This is the latest of many European projects Nightingale Academy has led or been part of in recent years. In 2012 it was awarded full International School status by the British Council in recognition of its international dimension and global citizenship through a number of activities and visits to overseas schools for students and staff.