Friday, 01 November 2013

Cape Verde: empowering young people through entrepreneurial and innovative competencies

PRAIA, 1 November 2013 - Cape Verde will introduce entrepreneurship as a subject in its secondary schools, with the technical assistance of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funding from Portugal.

The project document was signed today by José Luis Rocha, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Cape Verde, Luis Campos Ferreira, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Portugal, and Victor Djemba, UNIDO Representative.

“By introducing the concept of entrepreneurship in secondary and technical education, the Government of Cape Verde responds to the fact that economic development requires more and more that education and training must have a vision to answer to the demands of the market,” said Rocha.   

Djemba added: "The Entrepreneurship Curriculum Programme (ECP) empowers young people with entrepreneurial and innovative competencies to enhance their potentials for self-employment and generate employment, and build an entrepreneurial foundation for a competitive and dynamic private sector.”

The project, worth USD 740,000, will be implemented over the next three years.

By 2017, ECP will have been implemented in 12 selected pilot schools and 100 teachers will have been trained. There will be about 3,500 graduates and 4,300 students enrolled in the ECP from the 9th to the 12th grade. “We aim to create the methodologies and capacities within the education system to develop, pilot and roll out the entrepreneurship curriculum,” said Djemba.

The entrepreneurship curriculum is action-oriented with about 60 per cent being practical activities by students and the participation of the private sector. It will be tailored to the needs of Cape Verde and provide young people a set of competencies to successfully meet the complex requirements and perform tasks in daily life.   

UNIDO is also supporting the Government of Cape Verde in creating a business environment that is conducive for the entrepreneurial initiatives.  An action plan was prepared in collaboration with the office for state reform and private sector, and is currently being implemented.

For more information, please contact:

Victor Diwandja Djemba
UNIDO Representative to Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania
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