Why this curriculum?
This curriculum was designed by a consortium of partners throughout Europe to enhance entrepreneurial skills and/or employability for deaf sign language users of all ages and backgrounds.
Entrepreneurship education is about enabling people to develop the skills they need for life and work. It is a priority throughout Erasmus+ to teach these crucial skills and key competences at all levels. Sign languages are recognized as equal languages of the EU. Sign language users however are a traditionally under-served minority. Most mainstream activities, training programmes, curricula etc. developed for entrepreneurship education currently are not accessible and/or not attractive or effective for Deaf sign language users. There are precious few dedicated resources and training programmes specifically developed for Deaf sign language users across the EU.
The Deaf Enterprise curriculum is an open resource that can not only be used by Deaf sign language users in the participating countries, but across the EU.
What does this curriculum provide?
The full curriculum is for a short course of 40 hours. This will provide participants with basic knowledge of employability and/or entrepreneurship and give them access to material, expertise and networks that they can use to educate and develop themselves further.
Many participants will already have a marketable skill set. Their next challenge is to use those skills to sustain themselves. This can be done as entrepreneurs, either as freelancers or by building a more extensive business. It can also be done by making oneself (more) attractive to employers. The latter includes being aware of and having access to available support structures for deaf people.
Structure & How to use this curriculum
This curriculum is set up as a short course of 40 hours. This includes self-study hours (e.g. to prepare materials).
There are XXXXX modules that address the basics of both entrepreneurship and employability. However, it is important to note that how these are applied within each national situation may vary.
Since local and national target groups and situations will vary between the partners, and potential other users of the curriculum in the future, the curriculum has been made flexible and adaptable to the differing needs. This means for example that a trainer may place more emphasis on one subject/module and downplay another, or that two modules may be integrated into one, longer, module. Keeping this necessary flexibility and variation in mind, it is important that the curriculum contains the same study load in all countries and that the outcomes are comparable for all participants.
Each module contains a number of topics that address various parts of the module. These topics are further broken down into learning activities. These modules are not compulsory but provide the trainers with ideas about how to deliver the curriculum.
We have given suggestions as to the content of each module. However, how the modules are delivered (method) is to be decided by the trainers because a) they know their content, and b) they know their target group as it varies per country.
The curriculum contains a number of modules to choose from. This mix & match approach enables institutions to adapt the curriculum to their learners’ needs.