Entrepreneurship for Kids: The Story Behind

Dr. Shahid Qureshi

The new born babies of the animals and birds have the ability to learn very quickly and to keep on doing experiments to discover who they are and their surroundings. They do internships (apprenticeship) with their parents and very soon are equipped to create their own world. The honey bee and the beaver are amazing examples of innovation and creativity. Similarly, if we observe a newly born child, we find that they are also equipped with similar capabilities. Each and every born child is a masterpiece of the creator. Every day they learn new things and in few months they are able to communicate some way or the other, understand the surroundings, express themselves and respond. This journey of experimentation and learning is very fast in the early years. Every day is an adventure for the baby as he/she discovers his/her potential by experimenting and learning new things.

A close look at these babies and animals give us very interesting lessons on how they create a new world for themselves. They are hardworking, creative, innovative, resource parsimonious, demonstrate perseverance, exhibit team work, experiment, and in many ways are environmentally sensitive and work to benefit others. Many entrepreneurship researchers are looking at these small babies and baby animals and birds to understand the entrepreneurial phenomena.

When we look from the lens of the Effectuation theory of Entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurs follow the same route. They start with who they are, what they know, whom they know, take small steps with a calculated risk and remain open to surprises and collaboration. During our interaction with local indigenous entrepreneurs of Pakistan i.e. Chinioti, Memon, Sheikhs etc. the above findings were reinforced with an additional element of strong faith, purpose, meaning in life and an urge to serve and contribute. This led to the development of an Entrepreneurship Plus (E+) model. The E + model posits that a meaning and purpose in life leads to a high level of entrepreneurial characteristics and values that are very similar to those found in new born babies, birds and animals.

The AMAN Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) was initiated with a purpose to help the Pakistani youth understand and unleash their entrepreneurial potential. IBA CED has been offering various programs i.e. Women Entrepreneurship Program (WEP), Science and Technology Entrepreneurship (STEP), Agriculture and General Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Kids Entrepreneurship on the basis of our unique pedagogy i.e. Entrepreneurship Plus (E+) model.

IBA Summer Entrepreneurship Camp (SEC) 2019

Continuing its legacy of conducting summer camps for three consecutive years, for the year 2019, IBA CED has now planned to launch another Summer Camp for kids and teens. This summer camp will comprise of interactive, hands-on and fun-filled activities, becoming an avenue for students seeking a real world practical learning in addition to the textbook learning at school. IBA SEC aims to facilitate your child to find out their true entrepreneurial potential and to leverage their innate skills, creativity, passion and in-house slack resources to pursue a meaningful and purposeful goal in life. The program also focuses on character building and community based exercises to develop a mindset of service and contribution towards Pakistan.

The program will comprise of the following modules:

I. Introduction to Entrepreneurship 101

This module focuses on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset (working with the least amount of resources), enabling the students to recognize their true entrepreneurial potential and area of interest. Tools for teaching will include: case studies, in-class exercises, simulations, videos etc.

II. Entrepreneurial Skills

This module will engage the students in activities that foster character building and inculcates in them values like, parsimony, hard work, humility, perseverance, gratitude etc.

III. Development of Self (Khudi) through Iqbal for Kids

These sessions will enable the students to drive inspiration from the national poet of Pakistan, Dr. Allama Iqbal, by reading and reflecting upon his famous writings and excerpts for children.

IV. Creative Writing

In this area, we will teach the students the art of writing creative stories both in English and Urdu language. This will enable them to reflect and to develop their creativity and imagination.

V. Inspiration from Entrepreneurs

In order to enhance the understanding of students with real-time practices and innovative approaches we have planned a number of guest speaker sessions who will share their unique experiences followed by experiential learning activities.

Basic understanding and hands-on learning of Arduino programming, interfacing & Android Application. Mini workshops on Logo & Graphic designing.

This Module will include the following topics:

  • Arduino Programming & Interfacing
  • Android App. Development
  • Driving Achtuators
  • Sensor Interfacing
  • Interface Development
  • Connection to Hardware

How about this summer we let your child beat the heat with various exciting and fun-filled activities that will enhance their physical as well as mental capabilities.

Some of the thrilling activities that we have planned include:

  • Team Building Exercise
  • Puzzle & Quilt Exercise
  • Parsimony Exercise
  • Color Exercise
  • Effectual Dinner
  • Water Management
  • DIT Activities
  • Calligraphy
  • Physical Fitness (Yoga, Aerobics)
  • Gardening & Plantation Drives
  • Sports activity and trainings

Learning through visual literacy and on-field experience sounds more fun than classroom learning. We have planned a number of community-based field trips which will inculcate amongst the students a sense of empathy and contribution towards their home country, Pakistan.

Some of those trips include:

- Old Homes
- Agricultural Farm House
- Historical Places & Monuments and more.

NOTE: Students will be taken in IBA Shuttle with armed guards and the management team. Contest form will be signed by parents before each trip.

Program Highlights

  • Who Should Apply? Students of Grades 3 to 8
  • Dates 12th June to 22nd June
  • Days & Timings Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
  • InvestmentsPKR 25,000/-

    Training cost, refreshments, course & activity material, certificate, transportation for field trips

Contact Details:

Apply Online

+92 38104700 Ext. 2712
+92 (324) 2462671
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