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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 12 December 2015 - 8:14pm

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

“Knowledge is not only in the books — youth have many skills and talents that we should grow and expand in the real world,” he said. “People are already trying to make ends meet, so a practical education can help them survive, as well as prepare for their future.”

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 5 August 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 5 August 2015 - 5:18am

The current pace of job creation in Africa is not able to meet the demands of the largest segment of it’s population that is the fastest growing; youth. However, this can be resolved in the long-run if there is an environment that nurtures young people to not be job seekers but job creators.

Ashoka’s featured guests on Voice of America share their take on the topic:
Ashoka Fellow Abu Musuuza (@musuuza) founder of Village Energy, a social enterprise that enables young people in rural areas to become micro-entreprneuers and technicians who provide solar energy technology solutions to their communities. 

Former Ashoka East Africa Regional Director and author of “ ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 5 August 2015 - 12:56am

Education offers a pathway out of poverty – yet for many, higher education is out of reach. In sub-Saharan Africa, only about five percent of the population attends university.

University education is paid for through personal funds, scholarships, and financial aid. However, in developing countries few have the money to pay for university, and scholarships and financial aid are grossly insufficient to meet the level of need.

Banks do not typically give out student loans, because uncertainty about inflation makes unsecured loans very risky, and because students are evaluated on their current credit ratings rather than their future potential. Yet in developing countries, a university degree multiplies a young person’s earning potential by ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 4 August 2015 - 7:52pm

Today’s world moves very fast. This speed is making way for new ways of working.  In Africa, pioneers in all sectors are paving the path for a new kind of workplace and new types of ‘jobs’. One of the attributes of this increased speed in work environments, is the intense level connectivity work now requires, where people are not ‘switching off’ when they go home, rather they are constantly plugged into their work. This makes it challenging to maintain a healthy work-life balance. 

To this effect, there are many examples of unbalanced work lives where workaholic-tendencies are having health and sometimes even life/death implications.  We therefore need to step back and consider the role of health and wellness in the future of work and how that might effect work in Africa? What opportunities need to be created by young people that ...more

On 3 August 2015 - 10:08pm

The forthcoming conference on this theme led me to post the question 'Can social enterprise save public services?' on social media, which elicited one immediate response of 'NO!'NESEP Brochure

This reminded me of a public service transformation I worked on exactly 20 years ago this summer.

In January 1995, Newcastle Council made a £240,000 cut (84%) in its instrumental music teaching service.  The ...more

On 3 August 2015 - 5:05pm

Turkey is a model for us.  It has a new official policy: “zero problems with the neighbors.”

As is the situation with many countries, Turkey has had its share of challenges with its neighbors.  For example, there were reports of genocide in 1915 in Armenia, or challenges with its other Arab neighbors.

Yet their official policy now is to extend friendship, positive relations and harmony in its relationship-building.  In essence, Turkey is focusing forward, rather than looking back.

Whether we’re a country, a person, in a marriage, or working on a partnership, shouldn’t we all take this view?  “Zero problems with the neighbors?”

Let us let harmony, peace and trust reign in all that we do.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 3 August 2015 - 9:00am

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On 31 July 2015 - 5:05pm

addtext_com_MTQwMDI0MzE5NzEAs I write here from Silicon Valley, I see so many people working 10 hour days and weekends. I often wonder, can we truly be productive? And more importantly, are we fulfilled?

Diligence is an important aspect of one’s life.

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We should find a worthy endeavor and apply ourselves to it. Ideally it’s something we’re passionate about. Be it gardening, child rearing, accounting, philanthropy ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 30 July 2015 - 8:54pm

"There's a huge gap between the needs and requirements of the job market of the 21st century and what the education system is delivering," said Vishal Talreja, founder and CEO of Dream A Dream, a Bangalore-based organization that prepares young people from vulnerable backgrounds to succeed in a changing world.

Talreja is right—neither employers nor education leaders (not to mention some students themselves) would argue otherwise. But it is the second point Talreja made before the 2015 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference that educator- ...more