Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I am pretty passionate about the role of entrepreneurs in driving social change in Ghana, and I'm not alone.
"The potential benefits from entrepreneurship and innovation for developing countries are enormous. To this end most of the countries in sub- Saharan Africa champion the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as a conduit to the alleviation of poverty, the generation of employment, and the promotion of national economic development" [Small and Medium Industries Development Organisation (SMIDO) 2004; Chipika and Wilson 2006].
"Fostering entrepreneurship is vital in every part of the world, especially in urban areas, and should be considered a key mechanism for development. Supporting young entrepreneurs in the developing world with education, financing, mentorship and encouragement is a critical pathway to foster the creation of sustainable livelihoods." Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT
"Mrs Sedina Tamakloe-Attionu, National Coordinator of the National Youth Authority, said the potential of the youth as catalyst for societal development had been proved empirically thereby attracting the attention of politicians, economic development planners, social engineers and development partners.
Mr Seth Oteng, Executive Director of the Youth Bridge Foundation explained,
"If indeed the population of Africa was projected at two billion by 2015 with majority being under 25 years, then Africa could boast of about 1.2 billion young people who would be better educated than their predecessors with better access to information technology and renewed confidence and resolved to push the continent forward."
I am passionate about building entrepreneurial skills in Agricultural College students in Ghana because I know and believe that we must invest in the youth as change makers if we want to catalyze a more prosperous future. Not just that, I believe "It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men"- Frederick Douglass.
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