Academicians from international and national universities around the world have proposed social enterprise as a key stopgap measure to stem the high wave of graduate unemployment in the country.
The concept feeds on research to identify the gap in needs and provide these services in an environmentally friendly way that does not compromise the future possessions of the unborn population.
Professor Ernest Christian Eshun, from the Technical University of Accra during a workshop to present the concept to selected students from Takoradi Technical University, said the British Council-sponsored project in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield and Bolton in the UK and its local partner, Social Enterprise initiated the program to address the abnormal level of unemployment in Ghana.
He said that as providers of higher education, it has become imperative to research the high unemployment rate among graduates as well as provide solutions in this regard.
The professor said: ‘and we expect our higher education to break the cycle because most young people go to higher education…Why can’t they get jobs because there is something that’s wrong with our way of doing things. And we believe we should be training their students to be social entrepreneurs.
“So as we try to solve unemployment problems and do business, we can end up killing society. So we should produce socially acceptable programs or projects… We look at companies that will have an impact on society as well as individuals in society”.
He said that the Technical University of Accra with its partners would come up with a program to organize short courses on the subject, adding that the workshop was a process of raising awareness and gathering information to fuel development and l adoption of the concept of social enterprise in higher education. Across the country.
Dr. Denis Hymas-Sskasi from the University of Bolton guided students in improving innovation and entrepreneurship and encouraged them to differentiate themselves, engage through effective communication skills and provide appropriate leadership and creativity to lead to problem-solving abilities to meet the needs of society. .
He said the project would take place in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya to create a culture of innovation and improve the quality of graduates from participating institutions.
Dr. Hymas-Sskasi said other elements included mentorship, resource motivation and short courses to enable students to do better in the region.
Ms. Ama Darko, a business consultant, urged them to be mindful of sustainable businesses as the world strives to achieve zero carbon emissions.
Mr. Sydney Joji Heuton, Founder of SKY Micro Credit, encouraged students to start small and move forward.
He said business integrity was fundamental to every brand’s long-term survival.
Students were encouraged to form partnerships to enable them to have enhanced strength from the early stages of the business.
They should also have mentors and use the Nation’s Business Advisory Council for mentoring and other capacity and resource assistance.