…Making Your Life Count with Dr Humphrey Mutiti
IF you have been following my articles, you will notice that in the past three weeks, I have looked at how one can attract a promotion at work.
It has been about how one can take care of someone’s business. We learnt so much and many people asked me to do an article on entrepreneurship.
I am extremely excited that today in answer to the people’s cry, I have decided to do this article. Since this subject is sensitive (politically) and that this August our country will be having the general elections, it is imperative for me to put the records straight from the onset that I am a patriotic Zambian and that I am non-partisan.
The African continent is home to large number of young people – and it simply does not have jobs for them all. Youth unemployment is high across the continent. Some countries, like Nigeria and Kenya have tried to tackle this problem by equipping children with entrepreneurial skills while they are still at school.
This equips children with essential foundational knowledge and skills such as emotional intelligence and risk taking: it also develops their appreciation for self-employment opportunities. This means that when such children find themselves in a situation where they are unemployed, they do not give up and succumb to self-pity. Instead, they are able to use their skills to create new opportunities as entrepreneurs.
Of course, inculcating a culture of entrepreneurship cannot entirely eradicate the problem of youth unemployment. Nevertheless, it can reduce unemployment by giving young people the skills they need to create their own businesses and spawn work for themselves or others outside the formal job market.
A large body of research from around the world has shown that entrepreneurship should start from an early age and not when one retires at 55 years and then wants to embark on his dream business.
I set out to see whether our country Zambia could solve youth unemployment problems by introducing entrepreneurship into our schools’ curriculum. Zambia’s youth unemployment rate between 2017 and 2020 was standing at 21.62%. Surely, our Government ought to do something about the introduction of entrepreneurship in our schools.
Some subjects may even be amputated or made optional from our school curriculum and be replaced with entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship subjects in our schools will relieve the Government from many constrains and it will cause citizens to become more resourceful and independent.
I am not asking for too much, as youths we are not asking for too much either. Let the Government teach us through our schools how to fish and not give us fish. I love what Maimonides once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Our Government must take entrepreneurship seriously and infuse it into our school curriculums.
This is what should inhabit their minds and not wanting to rip our constitution. Infusing in entrepreneurship will be infusing into our future. We thank God for the youth empowerment funding that is going on currently, nonetheless, it is politically propelled and in most occasions it is given to the vuvuzela’s of the tomato party, but if these funds are given to youths who have no knowledge on entrepreneurship but can sing the loudest and dance the nicest to political party anthems, the funds will be wasted and our great nation will never develop.
We need leaders in the ministry of education and Government that can dream and bring the dreams in actualization. We need leaders that will create an even atmosphere to school and hoist entrepreneurs. All that our primary and secondary schools have done in Zambia is to gear us up to take care of someone’s business instead of teaching us to create and take care of our jobs. Saying this does not mean I belong to the tomato party, but it means I belong to the One Zambia, One Nation vision.
As I wind – up, we must also bear in mind as youths that our Government cannot do everything for us. All they can do is to expose us to entrepreneurship curriculum in our schools. We are to dream and come up with business proposals that the Government and other companies can consider for funding. As youths, we must begin to invest in school – Entrepreneurship (business School).
No one will do this for us. No one has gone poor by investing in himself. Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, but it will improve the lives of all those around you and our blessed nation at large.
May God Bless You And Bless Our Great Nation Zambia!
The author, Dr. Humphrey Mutiti is a Pastor, conference speaker, instructor, and lecturer at Great Commission Theological Institute, an author of several books, has a Ph.D. Doctorate in Theology, a Ph.D. Doctorate in Ministry and a student in the school of law.