Call for entrepreneurship courses in ECOWAS unis

Cross-posting some highlights from a May 8th article in AllAfrica:

Accra – Ghana — Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Nii Armah Ashietey, has called for the introduction of entrepreneurship as a course in institutions of higher learning in ECOWAS Member States.

Exposure to the rudiments of the course may influence some young people to “seriously consider self-employment as a better option than looking for jobs”, the minister said while opening a four-day regional workshop to build the capacity of Member States on the development of National Youth Employment Action Plans on Tuesday, 7th May 2013 in Accra, Ghana.

Collaboration across ECOWAS states:

While calling for a better linkage between countries’ labour needs and the supply of human resources by our universities, Honourable Ashietey assured that the ministry would soon “embark on re-tooling our training institutions.” “It is hoped that this way numerous unskilled and unemployed people will be given the much-needed skills over a longer period, examined and given the appropriate certificates to find jobs,” the minister said.

He then described as critical, the challenge of unemployment and called for “effective collaboration, cooperation and coordination of our efforts to maximize our efforts”. In her opening remarks, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Gender, Dr. Adrienne Diop, noted the gap in most Member States between strategies and necessary policies and tools to tackle the challenge of youth unemployment holistically.

Emphasis on holistically.

Encouraging news, but entrepreneurship and creativity should be fostered at a young age, so that students can develop their skills over time.

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