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THE WORLD HAS COME TO KENYA’S DOORSTEP.


Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) has come to Kenya , the very first GES that will take place in Sub-Saharan Africa. The World will be watching Kenya and this is not just putting focus on Africa but Kenya as well. Kenya being a host shows we are a centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.So as the world will be focusing on Kenya and the International Press putting us out there we have been given a chance to sell Kenya.11391792_830675050358314_8624672967838147911_n

Global Entrepreneurship Summit brings together Business owners, Educators, Policy Makers and Investors to support the growth of new Enterprises in developing Regions. Besides People being excited of Obama’s coming are we aware that the focus is also on us a nation? A country that  has recorded a massive Economic growth in recent Years. This is the opportunity to show what Kenya is all about and why the World should choose to Invest in Kenya.There is so much untapped market that Entrepreneurs can capitalize on.

Why should you Invest in Kenya ? We have a fully liberalised Economy, preferential market access and a well established vocal private sector. There is access to a large pool of highly Educated and skilled work Force as well as a highly developed social & physical infrastructure. Kenya is a land bursting with resourcefulness, innovations and Entrepreneurial vibrancy. Besides all these we are a hub for Investment, Commerce, trade and Tourism.There is no better place than Investing in a country with a fast growing Economy and Opportunity

What has made Kenya the hub for a continent on the rise? It is because we stride with Resilience, Enterprise , Purpose and Pride for that is who we are. So as the world turns towards Kenya it hears only one thing Opportunity. Choose Kenya the Land of Opportunity.For Kenyans I believe things will never be the same for us.I am excited because we couldn’t buy this much attention and Marketing opportunity or even sell Kenya like during this Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi.Let us take advantage when the Focus is on Us. 

 

 

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LUPITA NYONG’O GLOBAL ELEPHANT AMBASSADOR.


WildAid having Lupita Nyong’o as the Global Elephant Ambassador is a very good decision. No one fits best than someone coming from a Country that is fighting poaching and I believe she will do an amazing Job to fight Ivory Trade and save Elephants as well not only in Kenya but Africa at large.

But as Kenyans and Africans in our own Countries we can do something and not wait for Ambassadors like Lupita to do the fighting for us or organisations but do something about it. You can not understand what is going on only through the Media or how Important these Animals are without actually being able to visit and see them. Its such a shame that Tourists fly all the way to Africa while we have the privilege to see these beautiful Animals at a cheap fee. The park fees that we pay help in conservation of these animals, employ more Rangers and equipments for protection and pay their salaries as well. So we need to visit these parks as often as possible that way we are doing so much in such a small way. 

Photo Courtesy of Google.

Photo Courtesy of Google.

Catching Poachers is certainly Important but that doesn’t address the underlying problems that drive Poaching. 90% of the battle will be won if the Locals are Engaged more. They see and hear more and strategies should be put to ensure that they have a change in attitude,engage them more with the Rangers because they are the people most likely to be exposed and tempted towards engaging in poaching activities.

But as we the local people fight more in our countries then we can leave the work of the Ambassadors and Wildlife Organisations in Educating and creating Public awareness both in Africa and Asia where the demand for Ivory originates.By this we do not let others do the fighting for us but do something as well.

 

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INCORPORATING DUAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IS THE WAY TO GO FOR AFRICA.


The Economy today demands a better Educated workforce than ever before and jobs in this new economy require more complex knowledge and skills than jobs of the past. That’s why we need an Education System that suits and serves the development needs of the country, continent and at the same time making it globally competitive.

A Dual Education system combines apprenticeships in a company and vocational Education at a vocational School in one course. This system is being practised in several countries especially in Europe where Germany has proved to be doing very well in it and for some years now China and other countries in Asia have adopted this system as well.

Research has shown that lack of skills is one of the main reasons of unemployment among higher Educated young people and lower unemployment on adults. Employers tend to employ adults more than fresh graduates because there is a serious mismatch between the skills young people bring with them when they leave the education system and those that are sought after in labour markets. 

Universities must also focus on Educating with an eye to African Markets improving education in technical fields and agriculture. This approach will give a  better guidance to students and steer them towards employment in the private sector and away from enrolling in the traditional public sector entrance subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Social science. 

We must also focus on expanding the Education Level on Secondary Education as the broad level on Unemployment is high on Secondary level.Many Formal Employers are looking for more practical and applied skills which can not be obtained on this level. Therefore we need more structured and specialised Institutions where those on Secondary level can get Technical and Vocational skills giving them a better chance in the Labour Market.

The Dual Education System is beneficial to both the Student and Company as well. Student benefits from the knowledge about hard skills and soft skills of more experienced co-workers therefore it is easier for him to decide whether he is able to do the job quite early and not after exams.If the Company decides to give an Employment Contract with the Student after his dual Education time, the Company benefits in getting an Employee who knows the Company’s workflow. 

Photo courtesy of Google.

Photo courtesy of Google.

The challenge with this system is young people might find it hard getting a place in a Company therefore the Government should take strong measures on calling upon all Companies to take Apprentices and also introducing affordable or support  Informal Sector training so that those with minimal Education level get for instance a Vocational Skill certificate which will better their chances of Employment as skilled workers. This system has proved to be successful to the Developed Countries and we should consider adopting it as well.

 

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