Barclays Ready to Work Programme and Enactus Ghana have held a two-day leadership conference to equip tertiary students on how to become independent entrepreneurs after school.
Solomon Agyemfra, Community Manager for Barclays, said: “We need to look for partnership from institutions and organizations that share in our vision, so we approached Enactus because they are into helping youth to become independent entrepreneurs after school we think they were right people to partner with.”
Facilitating the money skill segment of the program, he expressed that “Barclays for instance is going to be hundred years and we have maintained a certain caliber of experience and expertise, so if we say we are going to sit down and we wouldn’t help students who are going to take over from us and improve what we have done then it means that as a business we are shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Country Leader of Enactus, Suyuti Baba, said t partnerships with other organisations have helped students implement various projects such as the mushroom farming.
“We partner with corporate Ghana in order to solve societal problems. So Barclays partnered Enactus, British Council and University of Ghana Placement Centre to implement this project. We try to help students gain entrepreneurial skills in addition to whatever training they have had in school,” Mr. Baba said.
Every year, Enactus holds a national competition, where the teams come with the projects that they embarked on, present to the judges and a winner is adjourned. The winner will then represent the country at the international competition.
The annual Enactus business-oriented competition is set to take place from June 8-9, 2017 at the Physician and Surgeon’s Center. The winner will represent Ghana at the global Enactus competition from September 25-27in London.
Enactus is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus uses sustainable business and sound economic practices to develop innovative business models based on risk and commitment.
Since 2000, Enactus Ghana has empowered over 17,000 students in the 26 tertiary institutions to see opportunities where others see challenges and to develop and implement community empowerment projects.
Using Monitoring and Evaluation tools, Enactus Ghana evaluates and coordinates projects of Enactus teams to ensure quality delivery. Teams are also mandated to provide periodic reports and annual reports that help us to track the number of new businesses started and employment created as well as direct and indirect project impact on beneficiaries.
Source: Ophelia Laryea | thebftonline.com | Ghana