__If not yet today, next time… you?
Here’s a challenge for you and also a congratulations. Last week we talked about solving problems right where you are. Thousands of you wrote back, sharing your own ideas and how you yourselves have tackled a whole range of very serious matters in your lives, businesses, communities and even nations. I was humbled and inspired, and I am sure other readers were, too. Thank you.
Well, there’s more good news happening in Africa. Several weeks ago I asked you to “shout out” your education ventures. You on this platform know by now that millions upon millions of children of school-going age are still not in school, and that we have to “skill up” about 600m young people by the year 2030. And you know this is a huge priority of mine… Our continent’s future depends on it.
Did you know that Nelson Mandela started school at age 7, and as I understand it was the first and only of his 12 siblings to do so? His father died when he was about 9 but his mother made sure he continued his education… The rest as they say, is history. Every one of our children has seeds of greatness.
When our continent’s liberation leaders were imprisoned over the decades, did they simply sit around in despair? No. Whilst physically imprisoned, many of them liberated and expanded their minds with education, even in such dire circumstances, studying with diligence and discipline.
__We owe it to ourselves and our families, and to those who fought for our freedoms with their very lives, to focus on this critical matter of education, right now, right where we are.
What happens if we don’t? I won’t even answer that question, because together, we can and we will.
Now I want to tell you, some amazing things ARE already happening and have been for some time. When I gave that “shout out” last month I was so moved by the response, I asked my team to compile the list. Today I’ll share some here, but only those with website or social info that my team could manage to open. If we missed you somehow, please just put a comment below and you’ll get your chance to shine. And don’t worry, I will be doing this again.
Meanwhile my friends… may I remind you the very important marketing lesson we covered last year: presentation and pitch! You know I read everything you write here. Next time when I specifically invite you to tell me what you’re up to, I know you won’t forget to give me your website or other online info. (That does not take away from the GREAT work some of you told me about).
By the way, I’m not endorsing any of the below initiatives. We didn’t do any proper “homework” (and the names listed are the ones who shouted out). We just wanted to share, so you can learn from and about each other, and be inspired. The quick summaries (for-profits but mostly not-for-profit ventures) are listed by my team in the order they were posted.
# Austin Uzim and many others in my senior class –
The Africa Transporter Initiative (TATI) includes many entrepreneurs on this platform who are working on projects to empower and inspire youth across the continent. “Catch them young, Invest in their future” is their logo. 400+ members so far… (Pan-African)
# Bashanganyi Magwape – The Dream Factor Foundation is an after-school learning program helping children be “moonshiners” with tutoring, job shadowing, entrepreneurial and digi-preneurial programs, amongst many. (South Africa)
# Onwuka Matthew Onyeab – The Africa Youth & Talent Summit is held annually, next in Kenya in July 2018, with focus on Youth and Leadership Development as a tool for Africa’s growth. (Pan-African)
# Nobleman Zulu – Morning Star Creche and Nursery School teaches learners ages 2 – 6. (Zimbabwe)
# Jerry Mambali – TanzaProud is a web app platform to help fellow students find their feet as they ask themselves “What should I study in college? Where should I go?” (Tanzania)
# Ruth Mushonga – “Information Skills 4 Everyone” (ITS$E) is a computer skills training program at Christ Embassy in Cosmo City. (South Africa)
# Emeka Osu – #YearOfSkills is an online group offering web development/tech classes via short educational videos. (Nigeria)
# Dayo Moyo – Screenbook Nigeria is a mobile App “to make learning super simple, fun and interesting.” (Nigeria)
# Tinofara Manase – The Centre for Total Transformation is a study group program for out of school orphans and vulnerable children to help turn learned skills into entrepreneurial ventures. “It is not about what it is, but it is about what it can become.” (Zimbabwe)
# Esther Mwaniki – Lapid Leaders Africa is a leadership development program including mentorship focused mostly on university students, to build value-driven leaders. (Kenya)
# Eddie Kago – Upeo Discovery offers training in digital skills, digital literacy and relevant digital trends for kids ages 10-14 in a Nairobi slum area, and aims to expand throughout continent. (Kenya)
# Lerato Motsamai – Girlignite Africa Academy focuses on education for Africa’s girl leaders – maths labs, technovation (entrepreneurship with coding), FinLit, investing, digital literacy, servant leadership/more. (South Africa)
# Obi Precious – FaceYouth aims to promote quality education, skills, vocational training for underprivileged African children. (Scotland/Nigeria)
# Michael Adebowale Popoola – The Precious Map Foundation works to meet the needs of less privileged children and students with potential “towards the growth and development of our dear country.” (Nigeria)
# Ikenna Odinaka – AfterSchoolAfrica is a website with extensive information for young Africans to discover and explore opportunities to fund their education (scholarships and research grants) as well as startups. (Nigeria)
# Chimdi ‘bube Orizu – Beksecschscholarship2018 is an initiative aimed to assist young secondary school graduates use Excel and other Microsoft Office tools to tackle real life issues, including get community kids back in school. (Nigeria)
# Sulaimon Moshood Olalekan – The City Model Education Services helps students increase their vocabulary and improve their English skills, amongst its many services. (Nigeria)
# Abimbola Kolapo – The Future Leader is an online platform to help guide secondary school students in choosing the right career path and also connect them with mentors. (Nigeria)
# Patrick Mashanda – IkamvaYouth is a project that empowers township learners through a peer to peer tutoring model, in education, e-literacy and career guidance. (South Africa)
# William Marangwanda – Wilstel Open College provides online tertiary education using latest educational technology facilities. (Zimbabwe)
# Omelu-Jerry Freeborn – The Youths for Greater Africa Initiative focuses on girl child education and recently initiated a science and technology expo with Rivers State University, amongst other projects. (Nigeria)
# Blessings Muza – Trac SA offers tech-based science education to disadvantaged secondary schools and via mobile school labs. “Small acts bring great rewards – creating hope for the future.” (South Africa)
# Sammy-Rogers Ebikade – Schubuuk is a mobile app aimed at making schools fun, social and paperless. (Nigeria)
# Raphael Isah – Greysoft Technologies helps get pupils acquainted with the use of computers in Nigerian schools, with an offline application using intranet. (Nigeria)
# Dheolu Okokade – Dhack Institute teaches practical tech skills like coding, robotics and electronics to kids between the ages of 6 and 18. (Nigeria)
# Jeph Acheampong – Blossom Academy offers data science skills training to university graduates. (Ghana
Some of our Liquid Telecom adverts say AfriCAN… (They’ve won several awards for this marketing campaign). Well, when I read what you write here on this platform, I SEE without a doubt Africa’s century IS in the making. Let’s all make sure people know about it.
More “shout out” opportunities to come. (And for those of you who are still waiting, thank you for being patient). Now tell me what you think about some of these ventures. Lessons learned for others if you are one of the ones involved?