Students urged to explore avenues for self-employment

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

He advised the students to make use of the their imaginative powers to create businesses for themselves.

Dr Agyekum Addo gave the advice when students from the Winneba Senior High and the Ghana Christian International schools visited the company in Accra last Friday.

The students went on a facility tour of KAMA Group, made up of a pharmaceutical factory, a wholesale department and a guest house, among others. The visit formed part of an entrepreneurship project instituted by the company to mentor students from across the country.

Dubbed ‘the KAMA Education Project,’ it started in 2008 and has so far mentored over 2,000 students from the Eastern, Central, Greater Accra and Brong Ahafo regions on how to start their own businesses.

Also present as mentors to the students were the Chief Executive Officer of Antrak Air, Alhaji Asuma Banda, and the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Jeannette Ndhlovu.

According to Dr Agyekum Addo, the current educational system is not beneficial to students as it makes them look for unavailable jobs instead of training them to create jobs to be self-sufficient after school.

He said the KAMA Educational Project sought to train the students at an earlier stage to start thinking about creating their own companies rather than looking for jobs which were unavailable.

Dr Agyekum Addo said it was time that the country helped its youth to develop their imaginative skills so that they could add value to what they are taught in school.

"If you start to develop your imaginative skills, you will not go poor," he told the students.

He also called on the students to challenge themselves to be successful, saying that to succeed, they would need to have vision, passion, integrity and be optimistic, credible and trustworthy in all their endeavours.

He advised the students to have mentors and be ready to learn anywhere and from anybody.

He also called on them to use their failure as a tool for learning and also had the ability to get along with other people.

For her part, the South African High Commissioner said: "If you have a dream, pursue it with a passion for nothing beats being committed to your dream."

The High Commissioner, who was once a teacher, also advised the students, saying that "when you are determined, focused and you know what you want, your circumstances does not matter; what matters is where you are going."

Alhaji Banda, who is also a former Member of the Council of State advised the students to be respectful and prayerful in life.

He also called for the current national service system to be made more practical by letting students had on the job training in companies during their holidays.

The Personal Assistant to the CEO of KAMA, Mrs Mary Doe Gyima, in a welcome address, said the objective of instituting the project was to inculcate in the students the spirit of entrepreneurial skills, harness their talents as well as help needy, brilliant students to further their education.

She said the project sought to imbue the youth with the entrepreneurial values and also change their mindset, especially in their quest for future job seeking.

Story by Rebecca Quaicoe-Duho