Barclays Bank in collaboration with British Council has organized a programme dubbed ?Unlocking Youth Potential -2014? The program was aimed at responding to the economic and social challenges faced by Africa?s youth and to create skills based volunteer platform for employees.
The programme linked young people to Barclay?s volunteers alongside an emerging or established SMME for a coaching session.? Participants had the opportunity to share and discuss their business ideas.
The Head of Corporate Affairs at Barclays Bank Ghana Shola Safo-Duodu in her open remarks said Barclays Bank is committed to the growing and nurturing of talents among youth hence the need for such a programme. She encouraged all participants to take advantage of it.
This year?s programme was graced by many young, dynamic and innovative entrepreneur?s including Kobby Asmah of Type Company Limited, Mable Simpson of mSimps, and the CEO of Mansuki Ghana Limited(MGL) Israell Kafui Mansu among others.
Starting with a quotation from Marianne Williamson which says ?Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous??
Mable Simpson a young and innovative entrepreneur and the creative director for mSimps said most ideas exist but an entrepreneur?s idea must be unique. Her business ?mSimps? seeks to sell Ghana through making African and Ghanaian hand made products and getting people all over the world to buy her products.
She asked participants not to solely rely on mainstream job but discover their talent and work towards it.
The Programme ?Unlocking Youth Potential? started in 2013 as a way of celebrating the African Youth Decade which was declared by Africa Union from 2009 ? 2018.? The focus is on ?accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable development? which includes entrepreneurial development.
Source: Henry Fordi-Spyghana