Life Skills and Entrepreneurship: Educational Pathways

Life Skills and Entrepreneurship: Educational Pathways

  • Italy
  • Academic document
  • Lifelong learning and continuing education
  • EntreComp goal: Implement
  • Public


This fourth issue of the Epale Journal focuses on the theme of entrepreneurship, the quality that spurred the Italian Epale group to embark on this online review, conceived and developed for adult educators and those practitioners who, in various capacities, are involved in the complex world of Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education.

Epale Journal is edited by RUIAP (the Italian university network for lifelong learning) in collaboration with INDIRE (Istituto Nazionale Documentazione Innovazione Ricerca Educativa) – e-NSS Epale Italy and the main themes are relationships, making connections, communication, work-based learning, entrepreneurship, integration of migrants, career guidance for adults, and employment for all.


After debating the dimension of entrepreneurship as a reflective category for life, the article presents a work-related learning project in which different generations were engaged in research on sensobiographic memories of the territory to discover how places have changed and how to activate entrepreneurship as a precondition to action within a particular context. Then the paper describes a good practice from the University of Macerata that valorised a particular set of life skills through a workshop course set up within a National Operational Programme (NOP) work-related learning scheme, which involved ten students from a secondary school specializing in classical studies (Liceo Classico) in the Province of Macerata.

Among others, there is a description of an experiment involving the academic integration of refugees (currently sixteen) at the University of Bari, begun some years earlier within the framework of research and education promoted by the Lifelong Learning Centre (CAP) for the valorisation of the cultural and human capital of migrants, visa applicants, and beneficiaries of international protection.

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