Ghanaian youth and students have been urged to be weary of the current formal education system, since it harbors a high tendency of killing their entrepreneurial traits.
According to Israel Kofi Nyarko, the Head of the Marketing Department of Ho Polytechnic formal education in Ghana has failed to develop the entrepreneurial skills of the Ghanaian child rendering most youth myopic minded and dependent solely on government for survival.
He said the African and for that matter Ghanaian had always been innovative and entrepreneurial until the advent of formal education which has been wrongly implemented and incorporated. He recounted the glory days of the trading prowess of the Kwahus, artisanal instinct of the Ewes, the Innovation and Invention of the Asantes, the creative arts ingenuity of the Fantes among others.
He said the wrongly implemented formal education instead improving the hereditary entrepreneurial skills of the Ghanaian it is rather killing it leaving graduates go over a whole new ordeal of re-educating and re-discovering themselves after school.
Mr. Nyarko made the observation at the just ended Bar Camp, Ho-2014 where he was the guest speaker. The Bar Camp is a free networking forum that converge people for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue and runs across Ghana and beyond yearly.
The Bar Camp Ho which was the fourth in the Volta Regional capital took place at the Auditorium of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) near the Volta Regional Hospital (Trafalgar) on theme; ?Re-Educating Ourselves for the New Entrepreneurial World?.
He said ??I believe in education but let me tell you that one of the things we need to re-educate ourselves on is to be able to distinguish formal education from entrepreneurship because our misconception about formal education has destroyed our entrepreneurial talents and abilities. Today the Ghanaian would go to school just to learn, read, write, pass exams and go out there looking for job. In the Chinas, Malaysias and countries we envy, the people that do the so called ground job or the donkey jobs are the educated??.
Mr. Israel Nyarko who is also the Rector of the Graduate Institute of Executive Development, Ho said the educational system is rather polishing citizens to be poor with the intellects seemingly the poorest.
He quizzed that ?how would it profit you if you studied and read all the books in Automobile Engineering but cannot practically service a carburetor?? He therefore suggested the need for educational institutions to concentrate more on practical education than the theory whiles encouraging students to be innovative and entrepreneurs.
The program gave a platform for stakeholders and the youth in the Volta region to brainstorm on how to translate their ideas into actions through entrepreneurial skills. Some of the breakout discussed and built the capacity of participants on Information Communication Technology (ICT), Software and Website development, tips of starting a business, communications and publicity, social media, broadcasting, women empowerment, volunteerism among others.
Kofi Yeboah a Director, at GhanaThink Foundation; organisers of Barcamp was happy with the attendance at the event and the fact that almost all the mentors at Barcamp Ho were based in Ho. He hoped to see more working professionals based in Ho attending the next Barcamp Ho.
Source: Frederick Duodu Takyi
Journalist at Daily Guide, Ghana