Social entrepreneurship plays an important role in addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges while fostering inclusive growth, shared prosperity, and social inclusion. European Commission reports, on the European Social Enterprises and their ecosystems highlights, that rather than pushing social enterprises to mimic regular companies, the key challenge seems to be to strengthen new entrepreneurial thinking, building on balanced competencies across a range of functions, from business skills to a broader awareness of the organisation’s social purpose and inclusive governance.
In this context, Social Entrepreneurship eLearning Programme for NGOs, SocEntrep4NGOs for short (Project Number: 2021-1-MT01-KA220-HED-000023290), is a European project that seeks to address the identified lack of research specifically to determine the challenges and the training needs by current and new social entrepreneurs and the lack of formal qualifications which are targeted specifically at social entrepreneurs.
More specifically, the project seeks to achieve the following objectives:
Research current best practices in Social Entrepreneurship (SE) and SE programmes required to support NGOs
Design and develop the proposed Social Entrepreneurship programme set
Accreditation by the national regulator in Malta, Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) of the new social entrepreneurship online programme
Implement an 18-month online Social Entrepreneurship programme as a pilot programme.
The consortium, composed of partners from Greece, Italy, Malta, and Turkey, has developed a questionnaire forexecutivesandfront-liners in the broadly defined voluntary sector so as to identify what specialised content do their staff require and at what level should this be provided.
This survey is part of the research study that focuses on the identification of specialist subject matter relevant to the development of an accredited online programme in social entrepreneurship. The new programme will include foundation modules in entrepreneurship and specialised modules in social entrepreneurship, and will equip participants to contribute significantly in setting up social Enterprises and in assisting NGOs in making the transition to Social Enterprises.