Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:23

Social entrepreneurship to empower the youth

 

                                                             “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  
                                                                                                                     – Mahatma Gandhi

Young Africans must be aware of the role they have to play in defining their continent’s dynamics. If shifting towards a needs-based education(1) builds the skills needed, turning them into change agents relies on their ability to step up to the challenges Africa faces, start local initiatives and become accountable. Hence the need for social entrepreneurship as it transforms youngsters into leaders, projects managers and business owners.

Therefore not only is social entrepreneurship necessary to solve Africa’s youth high unemployment but it can also have a significant impact on local communities. Hence the call to public authorities to build an appropriate framework that will help spread social entrepreneurship among youngsters.

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Monday, 09 September 2013 21:37

Towards a needs-based education

                       “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”
                                                                                              - Nelson Mandela, Address at the Planetarium, 16th July 2003

Changing Africa starts with the right mix of talents, capable of addressing local challenges. Hence the need for education to focus on equipping people with skills needed locally. This is all the more critical that Africa has limited financial resources to fix its shortage of talents. So instead of breeding waves of graduates equipped only with theoretical knowledge of no practical use, we should move towards a ‘demand-pull’ approach: Which skills does the country need now and in the future? How can the educational system efficiently deliver them?

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