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EwB Teacher of the Year 2014 - Swedish teacher recognized for her outstanding contribution to international entrepreneurship education

Brussels, May 27th, 2014: Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe recognised an outstanding teacher who has demonstrated a level of personal commitment and dedication to entrepreneurial learning in a global context that goes beyond expectations during the International Teacher Conference organised by JA–YE Europe and Ung Företagsamhet Sweden on Monday, 26th and Tuesday, 27th May. 
 
The Enterprise without Borders (EwB) Teacher of the Year Award was given to Maria Fridefors from Sweden (Sven Eriksson Gymnasiet, Borås) who has been an advocate of entrepreneurship education for many years and has been a driving force behind EwB, a secondary school programme that teaches the value and importance of international trade and the practical skills necessary to do business across borders. EwB was developed in Europe with the support of the European Union and has now gone global with schools participating from 32 countries. Mrs Fridefors was selected from 18 nominees from 16 countries.  (EwB Teacher of the Year 2014 - NOMINEES)
 
“Teachers are the ones who bring entrepreneurial learning to their students. It is so important to see teachers from around the world connecting through Enterprise without Borders, exposing their students to the global context and equipping them with the necessary skills to do business across borders,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO JA-YE Europe.
 
 “It is a great honour to receive the EWB Teacher of the Year Award. I am proud of what the students running “Happy Ear” achieved. ,” said Maria Fridefors. “By using the EwB as an educational tool, I have been able to bring the modern, globalized economy into my classroom and made internationalisation an obvious dimension of business education. EwB has enabled a real life experience for a lot of students by meeting new friends from other countries, using their English skills and their social media skills to develop their business activity with foreign customers and markets. EwB has made my students cross a lot of personal “borders”, turn challenges into opportunities and grow as confident, reliable individuals; prepared for a future where having a global mind-set builds bridges between people to the joy of individuals, the benefit of organizations and the wealth of nations.” 
 
“Happy Ear” was a first within Enterprise without Borders with the student leadership team coming from 4 different schools in different countries. Maria is an inspiring professional and an excellent motivator for her students. She is a regular speaker at different seminars and network activities for teachers. Maria is passionate about her work and has a strong believer in entrepreneurship education. Maria organised the Regional Student Company Trade Fair in Borås with more than 70 teams. 
About Enterprise without Borders® 
 
Enterprise without Borders is a secondary school and/or college programme that teaches the value and importance of international trade and the practical skills necessary to do business across borders. Each Enterprise without Borders site forms a business entity and negotiates a partnership agreement with one or more other sites in other countries, student companies registered under individual sites create joint-ventures with other students companies abroad. A website is available to help the “matching“ between student companies interested in a joint venture or an import-export business. Students from different countries will register and post their offer to participate in the programme and supply information for a “marketplace” where products are on display and research on trading can occur. The programme encourages entrepreneurial partnerships between schools and teachers.
 
 
About Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE Europe)
 
JA-YE Europe is Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes, reaching 3.2 million students in 39 countries in 2013. Funded by businesses, institutions, foundations and individuals, JA-YE brings the public and private sectors together to provide young people in primary and secondary schools and early university with experiences that promote the skills, understanding and perspective that they will need to succeed in a global economy. The JA-YE Company Programme is recognised by the European Commission Enterprise Directorate General as a ‘Best Practice in Entrepreneurship Education’. JA-YE Europe is the European Regional Operating Center for JA Worldwide®
 
For more information, visit www.ja-ye.org

For more information: 
Elina Konstantinou
Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe 
Phone: + 32 2 735 97 20

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