Social Entrepreneurship in Education


Social entrepreneurs are agents of positive change who address challenges through an enterprising approach. They develop businesses which trade for a social or environmental purpose, reinvest profits into their mission, and are accountable for their actions. They create jobs and bring hope to our most disadvantaged communities, delivering social, environmental and economic value. Through their innovative approaches to reduce inequalities, social enterprises might even provide a model for rebalancing how money and power are controlled

Each child has a strength and talent — a “genius,” if you will — that he or she can add to make the world a better place. Empower social entrepreneurs by sharing stories of students taking action, and then encourage students to find their own passion.

This is the context that inspired this think piece, which sets out to explore whether social entrepreneurship could be integrated into education systems and what education leaders make of this prospect. It considers how this would create opportunities for young people to solve global issues and equip them with a lifelong capacity to address problems.

With limited employment opportunities, entrepreneurship is becoming a viable option to combat unemployment.  Integrating social entrepreneurship as part of the university entrepreneurship education programmes can ensure that the future business entrepreneurs are more socially conscious.

By: Shubham Goswami, PhD: School of Management, SPSU

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