Afro-Students Entrepreneurship Education Development (AFROSEED) is a non profit initiative aimed at igniting the imaginative abilities and problem solving skills of young people in Africa by fostering access to functional entrepreneurship education, financial literacy and citizenship education.
AFROSEED is simply SOWING the SEED for Africa’s Peace and Prosperity.
Africa’s growing youth population comes with high energy, creativity and talents, which can translate to prosperity for Africa if better galvanized.
The African Union, various national governments and organized private sector need to urgently start to facilitate an environment where students in primary, secondary schools and universities can get the chance to develop their imaginative abilities, solve problems and hone their innovation as they exercise creativity.
For sustainable development in Africa to occur we believe that community-based entrepreneurship education is a key success factor. Catalyzing entrepreneurship at the local level, from the field and with engagement with policy makers in private and public sector, academic institutions and researchers and practitioners is important.
Africa has the youngest population in the world with over 200 million people aged between 15 and 24. These youths account for 60% of all African unemployed, according to the World Bank. In North Africa, the youth unemployment rate is an eyebrow-raising 30%.
It is even worse in the Republic of the Congo and several other countries. Ahmad Salkida, a Nigerian journalist who has had rare access to the militant group Boko Haram said “although the sect is mainly driven by ideology, pervasive unemployment in northern Nigeria makes for easy recruitment of jobless young people”.
Norwegian demographer Henrik Urdal, believes that a country’s risk of conflict rises four percentage points for every one-point increase in the youth population. The consequences of high youth unemployment in a continent where about 12 million young people join the labour market each year are grave.
But the good news is that Africa’s growing youth population comes with high energy, creativity and talents, which can translate to prosperity for Africa if better galvanized.
Providing the platform where young people in primary and secondary schools as well as universities can get the chance to develop their imaginative abilities, solve problems and exercise their creativity is a must do.