Corinne Germain is a teacher passionate about student entrepreneurship. Each week, she travels through the twenty or so establishments of the Découvreurs school board in Quebec City, as responsible for "the integration of pedagogy with entrepreneurial value". Its mission: to sensitize teachers and their classes to entrepreneurship through workshops and activities.
She herself supports students who participate in entrepreneurship competitions by reviewing, for example, their application to help them refine it.
According to her, entrepreneurship is a golden opportunity for students to develop qualities that are useful for life. In his view, "above all, it allows students to fulfill themselves as individuals".
Paradoxically, the one who also teaches ethics and religious culture has not always been so passionate about student entrepreneurship.
“When the School Board entrusted me with this file a few years ago, I did not understand why we wanted to produce mini-entrepreneurs in series. Quickly, I understood that it goes well beyond that, says Corinne Germain. Creativity, resourcefulness, cooperation, autonomy, sense of responsibility: students develop qualities that are useful for life! "
From now on, she does not miss an opportunity to fight prejudices. "Several teachers spontaneously think that commercial objectives are attached to student entrepreneurship," she regrets. We must open the doors of our schools more to entrepreneurship. "
This is all the more important, according to her, as resources are made available to teachers. To illustrate her point, Ms. Germain speaks of a budget measure to raise awareness of entrepreneurship from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, which she has been using for four years. Its goal: to help students start an entrepreneurial project at school.
Regardless of the nature of the resource, Corinne Germain is categorical: “Knock on your management door to discuss it! It is the students who will come out the winners. "