Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Standard Entrepreneurship Curriculum

A Standard Entrepreneurship Curriculum is Critical in efforts towards Youth Employability and Empowerment.. There is great interest and effort in the country to encourage youth and women to entrepreneurship through training and incubation.

Entrepreneurship not known to many is an attitude or a lifestyle that requires molding, training, practical and experience learning. Entrepreneurship training should not be a one day, one week or one month package, it should involve, ideation, trial process, incubation process, mentorship and sustenance process. It should be a specific training for a specific target but not to pool everyone in a hall for training.

There are various ways and methods to teach end learn entrepreneurship across the globe and in the country, these models and trainings however require some guideline and standardization in order to be useful and relevant. In Kenya, there are many uncoordinated, unguided and unstandardized training methodologies that may seem confusing and non-impactful to the intended target population purpose. Our country is unique with varied dynamics in our youth population and in the business ecosystems that necessitates a well thought and standard entrepreneurship curriculum. It will not help us when we have training models borrowed from other countries or from projects implemented elsewhere.

Going through various entrepreneurship training models in Kenya, you will realize that some of these training models are farfetched from the reality and challenges in the country. The trainers or consultants need some form of capacity building and training guideline to deliver the trainings in a more practical approach as compared to the theoretical way which most trainers do. Many individuals and institutions have come up with entrepreneurship training programmes not to impact but to mint money or earn names at the expense of the youth and women; this can be well managed through a standard national approved curriculum.

Some of the subtopics or topics to be incorporated in this curriculum may include the following;

  1. Legal information and processes involved in entrepreneurship, this involves business registration processes, tax laws and compliance related guidelines. 
  2. Leadership, mentorship and transition for successful business processes. 
  3. Change management and people management for success. 
  4. Information, communication and technology in entrepreneurship. 
  5. Value chains in entrepreneurship and opportunities for scaling up and replication. 
  6. Financial literacy and management for business success. This includes profit and loss management, resource mobilization and financing avenues for business. 
  7. Market analysis, survey, market sustenance and growth. 
  8. Communication for business success. 
  9. Working and existing entrepreneurship models in Kenya. 
As we focus on entrepreneurship to enhance employability, we need to be reminded that not all of us can not be entrepreneurs but through it many can be employed in the entrepreneurship value chains. I challenge the government to take lead in developing a standard policy and curriculum on entrepreneurship. #Youth254 #Youthempowerment2018 #Devcon2018

Written by; Kelvin Keya Source: Facebook

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Role of Youth in the Implementation of Devolution Agenda.

5th annual devolution conference in Kakamega.

This week we will be celebrating the devolved government system, taking stock of what has been implemented, what hasn't been implemented, what went wrong and what needs to be fixed. All of us can't be at the conference, but I do believe we have many spaces to share our views that eventually might be implemented or given attention. The internet is one of the many spaces that we have a chance to share our opinions despite our current status in the society or backgrounds, and if used effectively real change can be seen in our society.


 Below are some of the opinions I have gathered from the young people in my community in regards to youth issues and what they think needs to be addressed during and after the national devolution conference in Kakamega County. 

 #ActionByYouth – What do we need to do in addressing issues affecting young people? Thinking of challenges and solutions. 
  1. Investment in lifelong learning and quality education. 
  2. Youth representation in all sectors (private and public). 
  3. Political stability and positioning for example, what does the handshake mean to the youth?
  4.  Defining the real problem and solution by the youth. 
  5. Uplift ourselves. Youth led initiatives and partnerships. 
  6. Positive disruptions through alliances and innovation.
  7. Develop strategy: Strategic position, strategic choices, strategic partnerships and strategic action.
  8. Multi-stake holder approach in addressing the challenge and designing solutions.
  9. Inculcate the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set in the early stage of learning.
  10. Collaboration between people, public and private sector in combating youth bulge and challenges brought about by the situation for example unemployment, insecurity etc. 
 I know there's more, but this is the top ten from my list, feel free to share extra points.

Reflecting backwards and planning forward. As youth what issues would you like to be addressed in the next 5 years?

Devolution as shown good signs of growth and rapid development in our Counties and eventually in our Country. The only concern is that not the same story of success can be written about all the Counties in recognition of the different challenges experienced by different Counties.

All the same there are some issues as young people we feel if addressed can pivot our economy to the next level and these issues affect all the 47 Counties. I had small focus group discussion in my community asking the question; As youth what issues they would like to be addressed in the next 5 years? 

Below are the top highlight as shared;

  1. Labour force, address the issues of strikes.
  2. Adequate funding for the Counties and accountability systems put in place (check and balances). 
  3. Address the issue of tender-preneurship. 
  4. The big four – Infrastructure, health care, manufacturing and housing.
  5. Corruption, nepotism, clanism, tribalism versus professionalism.
  6. Justice to all.
  7. Water and security.
  8. Education system. 
  9. Youth bulge (unemployment, under-employment and youth migration, etc).
  10. Full implementation of constitution.
  11. Strengthen Inter-Counties partnerships.
  12. Civic education on matter devolution, constitution and electoral system.
  13. Implementation of Kenya vision 2030 and also the alignment of our interventions with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Skill-UP and Bootcamp At Wilsen Initiative (Wi)

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) seek to empower young people to use the acquired skills and talent for prosperity. The platforms connect professionals, students, innovators, artist, etc. through building a creative economy using our Skill-Up program which is creatively designed to enable experiential and practical learning while inspiring the audiences to activate themselves in achieving desired dreams. Our philosophy is 1 % idea 99% action and the champion in you.

How many times have you switched your career? Do you know your career choice makes your acquired skills or knowledge relevant or irrelevant? Some of the things we learn, especially in school doesn’t mean we will use them all. Our knowledge bank is full of savings are waiting for the next explorations to become who want.

Through informed and proactive approach we shall reach at the level of our unique self with a defined purpose instead of copying what other people are doing without understanding the WHY is our journey. Many youth has been trapped in the puzzle of not knowing how to discover their full potential through talents and skills acquired, leaving many to succumb into the pressure of life without defining how success looks like.

At Wilsen Initiative (WI) we use our experiential program to unlock the youth potential through self discovery, guided by an approach that will promote quality learning and lifelong learning.

We conduct master classes in: – Business skills, Soft skills, Digital Marketing, Technical Skills, Web Development and Graphic Design, Team Building, Personal Branding, Painting classes, Financial literacy, Blogging, Photography and Internet Research. Our facilitators are passionate practitioners with good understanding of the market trends as users and innovators. Skill UP Master Classes – Offering 21st century skills training using eight approaches; 21st Century skills Problem solving Design Thinking Participatory learning Case studies Interactive learning Collaboration and teamwork. Creativity and imagination Critical thinking.

Skill UP – Boot Camps / Master Classes We target young people who have finished their secondary, college education ready for the job market and pursuing further education. “Ready To Work”. We also work closely with young people currently in school offering multimedia skills, personal branding and career guidance courses.

Sign up with us for master class with your youth group. Write to info@wilsenx.com or wilson.masaka[at]gmail.com