| Millions of people all over the world graduate from universities, and at least 80 percent of them are either unemployed or aren’t working in their field of expertise.
The question we should ask ourselves is: "are we training our youths with job seeking skills or are we teaching them to be job creators?” It is important that we start training individuals at the university level to be creators of jobs so that they can view the world out there as, "my business, and I can make it work too". This type of action will solve many other social problems that are beginning to grow within our society, such as unemployment, drug trafficking, poverty, etc.
It will also create a chain reaction. For example, imagine there is a boy named Peter who has established his own electronics business. He decides to employ Michael, a friend of his from university who majored in Management. Obviously, considering Michael’s field of expertise, he is given the job of managing Peter’s business. From his training Michael knows that the only way he can effectively manage this business is to establish an accounting department. So Michael decides to employ Peter, a guy he knows who has a degree in accounting.
This can go on and on, but the point is that, if we can help train our youths to not only be job seekers, but also job creators, then the ambitions of one individual can wind up giving jobs for at least 6 to 10 people.
I'm presently working on a proposal to create a network of the government and business people from my country Guyana, to work on a 10 year project that will deal with mainly education and employment. Weproject will also entail solutions for other social problems.
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Cool iniciative Natalie Unterstell
| Aug 9th, 2002
Congratulations to estimulate this kind of debate. Here, in Brazil, i can
Inovation sugestion Delcimar Bessa Ferreira
| Aug 13th, 2002
Best wishes to you Rajashree Rajagopal
| Sep 22nd, 2002
In India, we have a population of 1 billion people - of which, a majority belong to the low income group. For the people belong to this group, ?education? implies ?literacy?, while for most of the youth, it implies ?employment?. In order to achieve this end, the education currently imparted is almost completely based on technical aspects. Students are expected to perfect these aspects and are evaluated solely through written examinations, which more often test a student?s memory rather than his/her knowledge! Ultimately, what we get is a number of restless young people, armed with their degrees and certificates? yet without jobs. They don?t possess qualities such as entrepreneurship, sensitivity towards social issues, etc. What one fails to realize is that ?education? doesn?t imply just ?literacy?; and that one who ?knows the most? doesn?t necessarily mean one who ?knows the best?!
People tell me that it is impossible to change a system that already faces the huge task of fighting illiteracy in country with a billion people. I am aware it is difficult, but I don?t think it is impossible. Things must definitely change? but where do we start?
I feel that we can start by changing the way we evaluate students.
The different grounds on which students are evaluated, should include projects and assignments (of both academic and social importance), just as other technical aspects of study. Importance currently given to ?memory testing? written examinations should be reduced. Here, I?d like to mention that the views expressed in the article ?Help Us Help Ourselves: How To Develop Supportive Learning Environments with Students? by Adam Fletcher, are very useful and thought-provoking. Change in evaluation techniques would necessitate change in teaching methodology. This will go a long way in changing the attitude towards education ? a change, I believe, for the better.
Great to know about your initiative. I'd like to be posted of the developments you make in this regard. Please post them on this site or mail them to me at ([email protected])
All the best to you!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK Marlice Simon
| Apr 22nd, 2003
I am also Guyanese and i think this is a good step, you can be the pilot to something everlasting starting in Guyana I will be happy to work with you towards a better Guyana. Contact me at [email protected]
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