In a bid to foster social change and empower Ghanaian entrepreneurs, the ‘SAWBO-LAUREATE' initiative, in collaboration with its partners, organized a seminar at the University of Ghana, Legon, under the theme “21st Century Skills for 21st Jobs.”
The seminar saw the distribution of laptops to aspiring entrepreneurs, providing them with tools for extensive training to drive community development initiatives.
Professor James Owusu, CEO of Leyden Educational Consultancy in London, emphasized the importance of building the youth's capacity in computer literacy skills for community development, stressing the necessity of entrepreneurial skills for Ghana's development.
Professor Owusu highlighted the initiative's objective to empower individuals within their communities, enabling them to make a meaningful impact.
He emphasized the role of laptops in enhancing computer literacy and empowering individuals to effectively contribute to their communities.
Commenting on the educational system in Ghana and Africa, Professor Owusu lamented its failure to produce innovators and problem solvers.
He called for strategic reforms to ensure that educational institutions groom graduates capable of addressing community challenges.
Professor Samuel Amoa Mensah, Country Director CLCD-SAWBO Sub-Saharan Africa project Supervisor, commended the USA and UK for their funding support, emphasizing the importance of effective supervision in project completion and community impact.
Dr. Christian Sewordor Mensah, Executive Director of African Center for Business Incubation, highlighted the significance of the training in bridging the skills gap in Ghana's job market.
He emphasized the necessity of partnerships with organizations supporting education and human capital development.
Michael Odenkey Quaye, an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Education Winneba, praised the training's impact on empowering agriculture students to become entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of practical application of knowledge.
Roger Akanbisik, a PhD student from the Laureate program, expressed gratitude for the training, highlighting its potential to transform youth and communities.
He urged organizers to conduct periodic training sessions to equip participants with new technological ideas and innovations, ultimately reducing unemployment.
The seminar exemplified the commitment of ‘SAWBO-LAUREATE' and its partners to empower Ghanaian entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and tools to drive socio-economic development in their communities.