I-SEED: Innovations – Social Entrepreneurship and Education is a partnership project by the British Council and Chevron. It is been implemented on an annual basis since 2013 in Astana and Almaty.
Since 2017 the I-SEED project is implemented in Atyrau as part of Chevron’s Atyrau Youth Development Initiative which offers young people from Atyrau an innovative and interactive educational program. This project is being implemented in partnership with the Atyrau Oblast Akimat.
The aim of the project is to use the experience of the UK and the experience accumulated by the British Council internationally to equip a core group of social entrepreneurship pioneers with the skills, knowledge and support network (local and international) they need to create sustainable solutions to social problems faced by their communities using the social entrepreneurship model.
The participants of the project are young, socially engaged Kazakhstanis (aged 12-25) who are inspired to create positive change in their communities.
The project also helps young people to gain more confidence, develop their soft skills and become more competitive in the job market.
Within the I-SEED project, participants take part in interactive training focusing on:
- Setting up and running social enterprises
- Fundraising and raising investment
- Business planning
- Life skills (leadership, teamwork, effective communication)
- Presentation skills and pitching
As well as a training programme, the I-SEED course includes workshops and informal meetings with well-established Kazakhstani social entrepreneurs, business people and community leaders who share their experience with project participants. The speakers share the secrets of their success and provide inspirational examples for young people keen to start up their own social enterprise or business. Participants also get a chance to visit established social enterprises and participate in other capacity building and networking events.
Participants also develop and implement their own social projects, working in small groups. This gives them the opportunity to apply the knowledge they’ve received in practice and further develop their skills.
To apply their knowledge in practice and strengthen their new skills, the I-SEED participants develop and implement their own social projects in small groups. These projects were aimed to support elder citizens and low-income families, to assist children in developing life skills, to support hospices, to enhance environmental awareness among the youth, to promote healthy lifestyles, to assist integration of disabled children and young people into society, etc.
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