Role in project: project management, digital and innovative pedagogies, curricula development, new teacher identities.

unnamedEDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE. University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) is a school for higher education in Flanders (Belgium) and is part of the University Association Catholic University Leuven. UCLL is well known for the high quality of its teaching and research. Priority domains of the institution are: regional development, blended learning (incl. development of MOOCs), lifelong learning strategies, internationalisation.

The Erasmus+ KA 2 project ‘Leen’ is part of the expertise group Education for the Future that carries out research and provides services that offer an insight into many innovations and their dynamics. ‘Entrepreneurship in Education’ is an important topic that will be implemented in teacher trainers curricula nursery, primary and secondary school as well as higher education. More research is needed to build and manage learning communities of practice that facilitate changes and innovations, for students and teachers alike. The following areas of expertise are developed: IT in education, Showing the way from the future, Teacher education in 2050. For more about us visit our website.

12976711_10153866488952415_1639598747254095718_oKey person in the project, Patricia Huion (senior researcher, e-du-novator) holds an MA in Germanic Filology (KULeuven) and an MSc in Educational Sciences (KU Leuven). As an e-du-novator Patricia Huion designs new ways of teaching embracing the mindshift introduced by Ignacio Estrada: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” She uses user-centered design principles and digital literacy to find out how students learn and perhaps most importantly how they fail to learn. She is now a full-time European project writer and coordinator co-creating cross-disciplinary concepts to meet the challenges of the 21st century. MOOCs, personal learning environments,the DigiComp and EntreComp frameworks of reference, inclusion and storytelling are the driving forces in her educational entrepreneurship.

KePatricia en Guidoy person in the project, Guido Cajot (MSc in Education, MSc in Communication, MSc in Linguistics and Literature, KULEUVEN) is senior lector in the Teacher Training Department for primary school teachers. The expertise of Cajot mainly lays in the field of literacy. With students of the Teacher Training Department (first and second year) he organizes language classes for children (3-12 year) in a refugee camp in Houthalen-Helchteren. He is also promotor of students that in their practice do action research about the language problems of refugee children. From 2015 he was fascinated by the concept of ‘Entrepreneurship’, mainly because this was so different from his other projects. As an experienced researcher, he was asked to work together with students and a primary school for a project about ‘Entrepeneurship’. This topic is rather unusual (and taboo) in primary schools. The students were asked to develop activities that could stimulate entrepreneurial skills of young children. He learned that even teachers themselves fact have a kind of entrepreneurial spirit and should use this more in their classes. That is a challenge and a way of having to think completely different from what teachers are used to do.


EestiMTÜ Kating Noored

Role in project: dissemination, graphic facilitation, art of hosting.

KatingNooredKating Noored is a small NGO from South of Estonia with 2 members. It started as a local NGO to help develop the parish youth and community work. Kating Noored started with some regional projects and in 2010 we were granted a provincial reward. Soon after, regional projects were set up connected to the Art of Hosting. The NGO has now been partners in several big national and international workshops. Members are trained to work in the field of creativity, story work, enterprise and participatory leadership, because these are the things that our world needs a lot today.

We are one of the leading organisations in the Estonian Art of Hosting community and one of the few organisations to offer Graphic Facilitation. As experts in visual thinking and graphic facilitation we are very eager to bring these techniques and strategies into groups where people usually merely rely on their cognitive competences. We are innovators who would also like to bring more creativity and “thinking out of box” into education and sustainable outcomes of projects. We believe that this represents one of the biggest challenges in general today. For more about us visit our website.

DSCN4359Key person in the project, Kati Orav is Graphic Facilitation and Art of Hosting Practioner. She has been in youthwork area more than 10 years but then she found fer way in AoH and GF trainings and now she is a freelance trainer.

She is an entrepreneur with her husband Ingmar Orav, who is a websites developer and also tied with the project. You can read more about them from our blog.




UngariNETRA Kereskedelmi es Tanácsadó Betéti Társaság

Role in project: design thinking, sustainability through human- centered design, entrepreneurship policy, dissemination.

NetraNetra is a small entrepreneurship from Budapest, Hungary. It has started as a family business, and by now it has tree main business legs: strategic consulting, project management and design thinking based consulting.  The main goal of NETRA is to support companies and communities in the shift towards human- centered approach in various fields of their operation (for exaple strategic planning, people management, education). Besides working for the private sector clients, the NETRA takes part in European projects at creativity consultancy  field.

IMG_0263BWKey person in the project, Judit Kertesz,  economist, creativity ecology consultant and a design thinking enthusiast with a solid management consultancy background. She started to work with EU projects in 2003 as a volunteer and later she became a monitoring and evaluation professional at a multinational company. Judit revitalised NETRA in 2013, when she became a freelancer. She is a core member of Budapest’s service design & design thinking community and facilitates workshops with co-creation techniques from time to time.

„I am glad to take part in the LEEN project because it’s really interesting for me to work with human- centered approach in the area of education. Future generations must understand the value of collaboration and learn to create feasible, viable and desirable services.”



Role in project: research, cultural entrepreneurship, workshop, courses, coaching, re-storying mindset.

logoandfavicon-01Dans.Art.Com is a one-man business, specialised in the area of storytelling, narrative perspective, creativity and cultural entrepreneurship. The company’s main scope of work is to raise awareness about the reality-forming power of stories and relate storytelling to cultural entrepreneurship. As its main activities, the organisation provides workshops, courses, individual coaching sessions and company trainings in these specific fields around the Netherlands.

_MG_5861_3Key person in the project, Dora Belme MA (junior researcher), the owner of the company holds an MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship (EUR) and a BA in International Business and Management (AVANS University of Applied Sciences). She dedicated her master thesis to the topic of cultural entrepreneurship and storytelling and graduated with Cum Laude.
“I became deeply interested in the power of stories, narratives and storytelling in 2013. I dedicated my master thesis to this topic and since then attended several workshops, seminars and trainings, such as narrative coaching to better understand the complex world of stories and how it can enhance our understanding of entrepreneurship. I use storytelling to understand entrepreneurial narratives, and as a practicing entrepreneur myself, I implement the findings of my research in my daily life. I’m currently building my reputation as a cultural entrepreneur and performing artist, participating in international collaborative projects and sharing my knowledge in storytelling and entrepreneurship. I mainly contribute to the LEEN project by implementing my research skills, building up the theoretical foundations of the project, and sharing my expertise as a practicing entrepreneur with a related MA diploma in cultural entrepreneurship. For more information on my activities, visit my website.”

You can read more about Dora’s thoughts from our blog.



Role in project: quality management, curricula development, ICT-driven education, learner’s wellbeing, entrepreneurial skill teachers.

 logo scoalaColegiul Economic ”Ion Ghica” dedicates itself to the personal and professional training of students in real conditions of quality of the educational process, making it possible for real chances of socio-professional integration and long life learning. Our school is the place where 1300 young people meet each other in order to create their future, to pursue happiness.

We work with passion and generosity for equal opportunities for all young people.

To read more visit our website.

carmen.jpgKey person in the project,Carmen Rădulescu (learning facilitator, teacher trainer) holds an MA in Communication an Public Relations (SNSPA – Bucharest) and an Bachelor degree in Philosophy she recommend herself as an learning facilitator. She design effective ways and provide training for teachers in her school or in Muntenia region on topics related to curriculum, assessment, and instruction and when training is needed, she organize it in such a way that teachers are active participants in learning that relates directly to their identified needs. Her favorite motto: ”Do not ever despise the little things. ”Do not ever despise the little things. A candle can do what the sun will never do: to shine in the darkness.”


UKShared Enterprise CIC

Role in project: entrepreneurship research, evaluation tools, project management, linking entrepreneurship to youngsters and the disadvantaged, entrepreneurship European policy.

shared enterprise_logo_rgb_1Formed in early 2014, we are a social enterprise and NGO based in London UK. We use our research and evaluation expertise to help our partners to tackle inequality and social exclusion in fresh ways. We are the specialist evaluation partners in LEEN. But we are also social entrepreneurs and we have been involved with many business support and entrepreneurship initiatives across the EU over the past 20 years.  For example, we:

We have evaluated many entrepreneurship projects and programmes. One recent example is the evaluation of a project which is encouraging women to develop and grow businesses which exploit superfast broadband. The staff from Shared Enterprise CIC who will be primarily involved in the project are Liz Mackie and Colin Gilfillan. They both have many years’ experience of fostering entrepreneurship skills among disadvantaged groups. For more about us visit our website.

LizKey person in the project, Liz Mackie is a highly experienced evaluator who is expert in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis.  Liz has two Masters degrees in research; one in Race and Ethnicity from Warwick University and the other in Research Methods and Statistics from City University.  She undertakes regular professional training in evaluation research methods through the  UK’s National Centre for Research Methods and is also updating her research skills  at City University London through doctoral research focused on quantitative analysis of equalities data. She has been involved in transnational programme and project evaluations, especially in relation to vocational education and training, for over 20 years.

We are excited about participating in LEEN. From the evaluation perspective, we are introducing a fresh new approach to our evaluation, using film as a key element of our evaluation of the project. The film will be a broadcast quality professionally produced documentary, which will have its world premiere at the final project conference in London in summer of 2017. From the social entrepreneurship perspective, we see LEEN as helping us to learn from other peoples’ experiences and to help us develop our ideas about how to help people of all ages and backgrounds to use their hobbies and interests as a starting point for exploring their entrepreneurship potential and for benefitting their communities at the same time.

ColinKey person in the project, Colin Gilfillan, besides having run his own businesses and now being a director of a social enterprise, is a qualified small business counsellor with a postgraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Stirling.

“We are excited about participating in LEEN. From the evaluation perspective, we are introducing a fresh new approach to our evaluation, using film as a key element of our evaluation of the project. The film will be a broadcast quality professionally produced documentary, which will have its world premiere at the final project conference in London in summer of 2017. From the social entrepreneurship perspective, we see LEEN as helping us to learn from other peoples’ experiences and to help us develop our ideas about how to help people of all ages and backgrounds to use their hobbies and interests as a starting point for exploring their entrepreneurship potential and for benefitting their communities at the same time.”


czech_republic_flag_waving UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI

Role in project: teacher identity, new competences, European teacher, teaching and thinking, curricula development.

hlavicka_cz_UPUniverzita Palackého v Olomouci (Palacký University in Olomouc, PU) is one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. In response to the 440-year tradition of higher education it is a renowned centre for teaching and research. With more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students at eight faculties, it provides quality education and excellent background for research in a wide range of academic disciplines. In the spirit of František Palacký, the Czech scholar and enlightener whose name the University bears, the Faculty of Education of Palacký University strives for the union of tradition, universality, and modernism in the process of educating future teachers and other professionals involved in education. Its high priority is to stimulate the development of education in the Olomouc region, as well as to ensure the success of its graduates in the wider European context. UP belongs among top Czech research universities and hosts several internationally recognized research centers.

Faculty of Education offers full-time, part-time and individual studies within the bachelor’s, magister’s and doctoral degree programmes. There are also continuing education programmes (fee- based study) in several forms of study: Teacher Education for Primary and Secondary Schools (magister’s degree study), Teacher Education for Special Schools and Primary Schools (magister’s degree study), Social work, Social education, Pedagogical Counseling and School Management Faculty of Education guarantees the Post-graduate doctoral study: Educational Studies, Special Education, Music Theory and Education, Art Education (Theory of Art Education and Art Production). Members of the institute are responsible for the instruction of all theoretical educational disciplines necessary for future teachers´ training at the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Physical Culture Palacký University in Olomouc. The division of teaching qualifications of the institute organizes and manages also practical training of students at the Faculty of Education, Philosophical Faculty, Faculty of Physical Culture and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Palacký University in Olomouc.

foto1Key person in the project, PaedDr. Alena Jůvová, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer on the Institute of Education and Social Studies, Executive editor of the e- PEDAGOGIUM Journal for interdisciplinary research, is a head of the Palacký University group of the Czech Pedagogical Society, member of the Czech Association of Research. The specialization in research of Education, Social Pedagogy, soft skills and competences of Teachers. She teaches subjects of social pedagogy, history of education, history, social education, social policy, social and cultural anthropology, environmental education, communications skills. She is oriented on research into the development of the soft skills of teachers, teachers training. The field of hers scientific research is neurodidactic, competences, development of school.



Tom_CAN2Key person in the project, Tomáš Čech, an associate professor at the Institute of Education and Social Studies. Professionally deals with the development of competences of children and youth, particularly focusing on social skills, risk behavior prevention, working with children with special needs; also deals with relationships and social climate in the school environment. He is president of the Czech Pedagogical Society and a member of several other professional associations (Society for Public Health Education, Czech Educational Research Association and others.).




turkey_flag_waving Ayvacık Halk Eğitimi Merkezi

Role in project: research and pedagogical innovation.

mebAyvacık Halk Eğitimi Merkezi, is a public educational institution situated in the northern part of Turkey. It currently has a total of 250 learners and 15 teaching staff. Situated in a rural area, it provides its learners an education atmosphere where they can substitute the disadvantages of living in a small town with limited facilities, by organising social events and competitions to promote social skills of its learners. It organizes classes for people in every age groups such as English, ICT, Agriculture, Textile courses, etc. and depending on the demands and applications of people it adds more classes to its programme. It also has schools in its network and if there is demand from schools and students, it organizes classes for them, as well. The institution’s main policies are to consider the individual differences for each of the student; give learners assistance to gain potential credentials expected from a global citizen; emphasize learning other languages so they have an equal opportunity in gaining access to educational. For more about us visit our website.

ilknurKey person in the project, İlknur Kulalı, is an English Language Teacher and Youth Worker.
“I believe that it’s more important how we, teachers, teach than what we teach. We need to unlearn some of our beliefs about teaching because what worked for us years ago, might not work for this new generation of students. So, we need to constantly upgrade ourselves, and innovate our ways of teaching. I’m very happy to be part of Leen project and to have a Leen entrepreneurship club in my school. Schools advise students to be creative and express themselves but do not give the time to do so. Leen club is the place where they have their time to express and turn their ideas into actions.”


IMPROVment Inc.

Role in project: organisational perspective.

Improvment Oy is a training house founded in 2009. We believe in creating insights, in nonjudgmental presence, and in better utilization of existing skills. Things go rarely as planned, so why not prepare for the unexpected? Uncertainty or fear of failure should not kill any idea.
For more about us visit our webpage.

Key person in the project, Jani Turku





PortugalAgrupamento de Escolas Tomaz Pelayo, Santo Tirso

Role in project: entrepreneurial education and development of (systemic) theories and approaches on learning and change.

aetpTomaz Pelayo is a Secondary School in the north of Portugal, Santo Tirso. It opened in 1954 aiming to provide qualified professionals for the local textile industries: spinners, weavers, metal workers, electricians and accountants. With over 1200 students nowadays, Tomaz Pelayo is widely known for the variety of courses it offers and for the adult education it provides. Tomaz Pelayo is committed to helping every teenager and adult in the community to achieve success by enabling them to develop the knowledge and skills that will lead them to be successful and active citizens. Moreover it sets about teaching the students in ways that will allow them to approach the challenges of life with confidence and enjoy the opportunities the world may offer them. For more about us visit our website.

abilioKey person in the project, Abílio Ribeiro is an ICT teacher at Tomaz Pelayo Secondary School. He studied Computer Science at University of Minho where he graduated in 1986. He also has a post-graduation in Educational Sciences (school administration) from Lusófona University of Porto. He teaches ICT and he is interested in learning more about the way ICT tools can be used in teaching. Since 2009 he has participated in several different European Projects. These enriching experiences made him even more aware of the power of ICT tools in facilitating deeper learning.
“By using interactive technologies we can teach and learn in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.”


albertinaKey person in the project, Albertina Marques is a Portuguese and French teacher at Tomaz Pelayo Secondary School. She studied Portuguese and French at University of Porto where she graduated in Modern Languages and Literature, in 1982. She teaches Portuguese Literature and French Culture to high school students whom she prepares for national exams. She started applying to European Projects in 2005 because she foresaw the great opportunity these projects could bring to the school. She thinks that these experiences are very important to teachers and students. European Projects like LEEN are a chance to communicate with other people from different cultures and share our practices with other colleagues.
“In a global world it is important to be open-minded and learn more and more.”

paulaKey person in the project, Paula Araújo is an English teacher at Tomaz Pelayo Secondary School. She studied Portuguese and English at University of Minho where she graduated in 1992. She also has a Master degree in Educational Sciences (evaluation) from University of Minho. She has dedicated herself to teaching English, learning about new teaching methods and since 2009 she has participated in several different European Projects. She believes that living in the European Union is a privilege as it gives us the chance to share our practices with colleagues from other European countries and learn with them.
“LEEN provides tremendous opportunities for teachers to begin transforming their schools into a place of 21st century learning and Tomaz Pelayo couldn’t ignore it or run the risk of falling behind.”