Sunday, 19 November 2017
Ghana partners MIT on innovation and entrepreneurship

Ghana partners MIT on innovation and entrepreneurship

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working with representatives from the Ghana National Service Secretariat, other youth programmes, the private sector and academics, have kicked off a two-year programme (Regional Entrepreneurs Accelerated Programme - REAP).

REAP is starting with an initial workshop which will be followed by three more workshops scheduled over the next two years.
This programme is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship to create jobs and deliver better outcomes for graduates from our educational institutions and other unemployed young people.
Actions during and after the programme include realigning national resources and institutions to deliver effective support for the youth.
Countries and cities that are collaborating with the MIT on similar initiatives under the REAP programme include London, Madrid, Hebron, Lagos, Ecuador, Melbourne, Russia, Glasgow, Lebanon, Singapore, Morocco, King Abdullah Economic City, Ecuador and Japan.
The programme taps into MIT’s world renowned capabilities of leveraging learning from other countries, as well as the rigour associated with this world-class institution.
This is the first time the collective leadership of our youth programmes are reengineering to make them 'fit for purpose'.
Already, the REAP team has been impressed with Ghana's human capital and is eager to make our 'journey' and outcomes a model for other developing countries.
As the Vice-President said, “This initiative is overdue and a priority of the government. We have human capital, and by working with the best, the NPP will deliver prosperity to all Ghanaians by providing opportunity for all our young people".
Over the years, the Ghana National Service has had the mandate of providing qualified graduates with practical work experience and offer skilled resource to certain qualifying communities and social programmes to support development across Ghana.
Myriad of challenges present themselves today, including the need to improve employability of youth graduates, streamline the support systems and spur increased growth in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Other agencies expected to benefit from this project initiative include the National Youth Authority, the Youth Employment Agency, the National Board for Small-Scale Industries, and the National Vocational Training Institute.
The Ghana REAP team’s work is championed by Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh (Minister of Education) through the National Service Secretariat with Mustapha Ussif.

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