Creativity is an indispensable component that grows and alters with every step of our identity development. This is a powerful seed sown which if nurtured carefully can branch out to bear the sweetest fruits of innovation and purpose-oriented endeavors. This is a clear indication of the fact that creativity is an asset we are all born with and it is in those primary years that creativity is at its full potential to be channeled and modified successfully. At this stage, children don’t face the obstruction of self-doubt or criticism, and their adventures are boosted with that flowing curiosity.
So, to discuss more on the role entrepreneurship plays in boosting creativity and innovation in children, we had an enlightening discussion with two esteemed panelists from the field of education:
Rajeev Sir paved the way for a beautiful answer by introducing the basics of the three keywords of discussion: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He stated the connection between the three: Creativity is something innate in us and if utilized properly it paves way for innovation. Further, a careful exploration and analysis led to customizing this innovation to turn it into something lucrative i.e., the entrepreneurial part. Varsha ma’am had a similar opinion. Keeping this in mind, the following reasons can be highlighted behind the importance of entrepreneurial education for children-
“Entrepreneurship, Innovations, and Creativity are mirror images of multiple intelligences.”
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As Rajeev Sir has already connected the dots between entrepreneurship and creativity and innovation, this question is answered as an expansion of the same. Entrepreneurial ventures are an output of creativity that has been channelized and utilized properly. Innovation is an interlink between them. Varsha ma’am added a vital note to this-
“Entrepreneurship is not just about fulfilling the demands of the existing market but it is also about creating a new market for yourself, for which innovation is indispensable.” Certain aspects could explain the relationship between entrepreneurship and innovation better-
On this note, Varsha ma’am mentioned the need to acknowledge and embrace Indian entrepreneurs as role models.
“I believe that despite the abundance of global examples, children should be provided with instances in their context, with whom they can relate.”
Rajeev Sir pointed out the familiarity our country is gaining with coding and the opportunities in that field. Around 70% of teens are engaged in self-employment in the technical field. He further stated that the best examples are the ventures that have channeled their capacities to give a user-friendly output.
Rajeev Sir explained the details of the initiatives educators had taken in his school-
“All these steps form a small part of the bigger plan that is going to be rolled out in the upcoming months to make children more receptive, caring, logical, and rational.”
The government in recent years has made many efforts to build up a pyramid of innovations amongst the younger generation. The Ministry of Science and Technology has devised many such ventures like The Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge (MANAK) program, Atal Innovation Mission, Young Entrepreneur Scheme- India (YES-INDIA), or CSIR Innovation Award for School Children.
Rajeev Sir highlighted the situations of greater gravity and concern that are affecting the growth of entrepreneurship in our country-
“I have been working for 11 years now to educate people regarding different quotients, acquisition of skills, learning styles, reflexes, behavioral skills, and personality development. My motto is let’s change the way India teaches.”
Stressing on the requisite qualities and skills of an entrepreneur, he talked about the detrimental nature of education being provided that will not help a child foster these important qualities-
“Success of an entrepreneur is not just about creating wealth out of diversity but it also about upholding one’s moral conviction despite the changing circumstances.”
Entrepreneurial education can unlock immense potential in children. Unfortunately, the educational system of our country creates multiple roadblocks for educators to impart the required knowledge and for children to embrace the same. The insightful and meticulous discussion by the esteemed panel has highlighted the promising prospect of entrepreneurship in promulgating the river of talents that flows through the younger generation of our country. All it requires is the support of the policymakers and the awareness of parents regarding multiple intelligences, skill acquisition, and the importance of holistic development.