Primary entrepreneurship courses urged

 

THE primary school curricula should include programmes that will equip pupils to be better entrepreneurs so that they can learn to survive and prosper on their own when they do not find employment in future, People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) president Andyford Banda has advised.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Banda bemoaned the high rate of unemployment among the youth in the country and that most of them were wasting away their lives while waiting for white-collar jobs.

He said that a good number of youths were better educated but that there were no enough jobs to cater for everyone.

Mr Banda however advised that the youths could become entrepreneurs and that Government should come up with policies which ensure that the youth were equipped with entrepreneurial skills from an early age.

“The rate of unemployment among the youth in the country is too high and most of them are just wasting away their lives, drinking and doing all sorts of things while they wait for white-collar jobs. A good number of these youths are educated but there are no enough jobs to cater for everyone.

‘‘These youths can become entrepreneurs and Government should come up with policies which ensure the youth are equipped with entrepreneurial skills from an early age,” he said.

Mr Banda said that children should be imparted with entrepreneurial knowledge so that they were encouraged to venture into business, in a situation where they did not find employment.

He explained that it was important for children to have a mindset that they could run their own businesses from the onset.

Mr Banda said that most youths in Zambia were not motivated and that it was the reason why their minds were set on getting a job first before becoming responsible citizens who could contribute to the country’s development.

“Innovations bring development to the country, so if we want the youths to be innovative they should be motivated. Children should be imparted with entrepreneurial knowledge so that they are encouraged to venture into business, in a situation where they did not find employment. It is important for children to have a mindset that they can run their own businesses from the onset,” he said.

Mr Banda challenged the Ministry of General Education to see to it that children were empowered with entrepreneurial skills from an early age so that they could come up with innovative ideas that would contribute to sustainable development in the country.

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