Entrepreneurship is important for societies to generate economic growth and ensure economic and socio-economic development.
The aim of the Entrepreneurial Training programme is to create the opportunity for young people in Namibia to learn about entrepreneurship and to discover and develop their individual entrepreneurial skills. Learners are encouraged to explore the world of learning through this practical training programme.
An entrepreneur is an individual who accepts financial risks and undertakes new financial ventures. The word derives from the French “entre” (to enter) and “prendre” (to take), and in a general sense applies to any person starting a new business or making use of a new opportunity. An entrepreneur may be driven by a need to create something new or build something tangible. As new enterprises have low success rates, an entrepreneur must also have considerable persistence. It is important for the Namibian economy that new entrepreneurs survive because they can create new job opportunities. It is therefore important for the Michelle McLean Children Trust to teach learners at an early age about entrepreneurship so that they can be successful in the business environment.
Learners who do not become entrepreneurs will have to compete in the formal business sector with other applicants to find the job best suitable for them. The aim of the Career Management training is to give learners guidance on how to prepare a CV, how to respond during an interview, how to do market research and how to apply for a vacant position. The training programme will give learners who attended this course a competitive advantage over other applicants who applied for the same position.
We know that there are plenty of great entrepreneurs in our schools who have yet to be identified. They must be encouraged and assisted to face the world of business. We and our donors must also recognise their talents and assist them in their endeavours.