Entrepreneurship Curriculum Programme

Promoting ICT future for entrepreneurs

The challenge: Teaching youth to become successful entrepreneurs

Many young people in developing countries lack access to modern education on business development and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This makes it hard for the growing numbers of youth to successfully compete in the job-market and to contribute one day to their countries’ economic development.

Our Approach: The Entrepreneurship Curriculum Programme

The Entrepreneurship Curriculum Programme (ECP) aims at stimulating entrepreneurial talents among young people by enhancing their ability to identify economic opportunities and by developing other commercial skills such as creativity, innovativeness, planning and leadership, which will aid them in their professional life. In order to start familiarizing youth with the entrepreneurial potential of ICT, UNIDO is currently developing, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, tailored ICT training modules within its ECP.

The ECP delivers entrepreneurship curricula to secondary and vocational schools. It was launched in 2001 in Uganda and has been expanded to several other African countries including Mozambique, Timor-Leste, Namibia, Angola and Cameroon.

In the period between 2006-2009 the courses will have been delivered in a total of 1,397 schools, reaching out to the following number of students:

Mozambique: 129,700
Namibia: 140,000
Timor-Leste: 13,566
Uganda: 132,800

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"I learned how someone can manage a company and set up a company with only a little bit of money, and make it profitable. I already applied the knowledge at my fathers mill. I went to work and saw how the subject can change peoles attitudes to work."
Celinia P. H., 21 year old female, 3rd year, Montepuez, Mozambique