“The only way to be secure is to have the skills and knowledge to create security for yourself. Entrepreneurism is the way to do this.” Adwoa Agyemang, Young Entrepreneurs Programme, Harrow, London
With youth unemployment on the rise it is easy for one to put the blame on the government and the educational institution. However, the onus should be on the youth to create a livelihood for themselves.
The Government can be blamed for:
- not creating enough job opportunities for the youth;
- not building up the local industries to encourage active labor participation
The Educational institution can be blamed for:
- not teaching enough technical courses to encourage skill acquisition;
- not creating workshops and encouraging internships for all courses;
- not giving career talks and entrepreneurship advice to students
However, are the government and educational institution really to blame? Is self-employment the way to break the cycle of joblessness?
With the move from labor intensive to mechanized farming and processing, our Agricultural and Manufacturing sectors are suffering to the point of being abandoned. Farming is no longer seen as a lucrative business by the youth, and the manufacturing sector has seen more and more products being imported as opposed to being produced locally.