Guest Contributor | Apr 20, 2017 | 0
US$30,000 up for grabs in Entrepreneurship awards
The deadline for entries is 15 July. To apply, visit the competition website http://teachamantofish.org.uk/pan-african-awards and complete the simple online application form. Application is free of charge.
UK-based NGO, Teach A Man To Fish and their partners, the Saville Foundation this week launched the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2016. The competition opened on 16 May and will close on 15 July and is open to all countries in Africa.
The awards programme run by the UK-based charity will reward organisations that promote entrepreneurship in education amongst young people.
The awards were created to reward organisations that contribute to Africa’s growth and development through an entrepreneurial approach to education and training. There is a top prize of US$15,000, two runners-up prizes of US$5,000 as well as a Partner Award that those selected for the final shortlist could win.
According to the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs, whilst populations across the world are stabilising in size, both Africa and Asia are in the midst of substantial changes in size of their youth populations. By 2030 it is predicted that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42%.
According to the same report many of these countries experiencing rapid growth in the number of young people are at risk of ever-increasing youth unemployment. The Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship empower young people to be agents of progress and change.
The aims of the Awards also include changing the attitudes of young people so that they begin to leave the education system as the job creators of the future rather than job seekers.
The most recent Winners of the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education include Imagine Scholar, Join the Pipe and Sawa World from South Africa, Kenya and Uganda respectively. Imagine Scholar enables young people in South Africa to become responsible social leaders in their communities. Students are encouraged to engage in the most pressing issues in their community and bring about positive social change.
CEO Nick Kafka said, “This is a great opportunity for organisations operating in Africa who are fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among young people.
It is important that young people learn early on that they have the power to be leaders in business and job creators of the 21st century.”