Moving from Ideas to Youth Empowerment
Having the honour of hosting different delegates from 13 other African countries this week was a privilege for JA Eswatini.
This gave an opportunity for JA Eswatini to learn as well as share some methods with the rest of the African continent on how youth empowerment can move from ideas into a real practical concept. The JA in schools cooperatives model has been identified as one strategy that can be used to foster entrepreneurship among the youth. Today we shall revisit some of the discussions and ideas shared that were deem suitable for African countries to move from ideas of youth empowerment into fostering entrepreneurship through the cooperatives model.
The education system of the African continent was analysed a little closer in terms of identifying if indeed it supports young people to implement entrepreneurship. The ministry of commerce industry and trade, through the PS, in the person of Albert Chibi explained that financial literacy in Africa was not so much of a concern in the minds of curriculum developers for all schooling levels.
This unfortunately is a true reflection of what happens in our education system in Africa. Young people go to school to learn different concepts that are sometimes difficult to translate into real life. The skills that are required by young people to have a knowhow of how to manage their personal finances are concepts that are not incorporated in the education of an African Child. This therefore calls for newer strategies to be identified such as the in school cooperatives concept that will introduce financial literacy to learners in schools. As they grow older, the concept of wealth creation through collaborative efforts will become a culture for young people. The European Union delegation to the Kingdom of Eswatini recognised that authorities in Eswatini give young people a voice and that His Majesty the King holds the vision that focuses on including young people in decision making.
“The main responsibility however, still rests with young people themselves to get organised, to attain the necessary skills, to tackle the adversities because the ultimate promise of youth participation is reduced unemployment and poverty,” she said. While strate-- gies may be designed to assist young people move from ideas to youth empowerment, the real challenge is whether young people will rise to the challenge and organise themselves to take up these opportuni- ties. While cooperatives are a great model that young people use to be actively involved in their own wealth creation, it is important that young people rise to the occasion and take the available structures. Doctor
Some of the young people that were at the fore front of discussion around youth cooperatives leading discussions as a panel.