for Africa’s Future
Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship (Part 1)
Online Course (5 weeks)
This online workshop is the first part of a two-part process. Part 2 of the workshop will be conducted through a 21-day boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa. Only successful participants in the online introductory workshop will be shortlisted to take part in the ‘fully-sponsored’ boot camp course, where candidates will be trained and mentored on how to design green enterprise projects, which will be funded by relevant donor agencies.
APPLICATION OPENED: 5th June 2016 (World Environment Day)
APPLICATION CLOSED: 18th July 2016 (Nelson Mandela Day)
PROJECT GEO STANDS FOR
Green Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Education and Training – There is an emerging ‘green market in Africa’ but there is massive youth unemployment and requisite skills are still lacking, hence the need for training and education for skills enhancement and job creation in the green economy sector.
Project GEO seeks to address the massive unemployment problem among youth and young adults in Africa. Project GEO will also address the need of raising the awareness of Africans about environment protection and green business practices. The project aims at teaching African youth and young adults what it takes to start and manage green businesses. There are enormous opportunities in the green economy space, Africa must explore this space. The Africa’s 2063 agenda suggests that we must begin to do things differently in order to secure our future. To put it more succinctly, it says: We must adopt “A global strategy to optimize the use of Africa’s resources for the benefits of all Africans”. More importantly, Africa must take a position on this matter. This becomes necessary because, as of this moment, Africa’s greatest resources are the teeming population of its youth. But about 70% of this youthful population is without jobs. Project GEO will upskill African jobless youth and young adults in the area of green entrepreneurship through education and training. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO): “The youth employment crisis represents a huge decent work deficit for societies worldwide and one of the main challenges of our time”. The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki – Moon observes that “Of the 1.8 billion young people worldwide, nine out of 10 of them live in least developed countries, and many in Africa…. And the number of young Africans aged 15-24 is set to double by 2045. By harnessing its demographic dividend, the African continent could add up to $500 billion per year to its economy, for as many as 30 years”.
Project GEO is a scope-driven product initiated to solve an identified gap in Africa. The compelling thing about the value proposition Green Shift Africa Forum intends to promote with ‘Project GEO’ is the dearth of requisite skills to match the inevitable growth of the green market in Africa. Thus the need for skills enhancement brought about by well-targeted education and training. This becomes necessary so as to ensure that Africa’s growth strategy is well-blended with youth empowerment and skills acquisitions for career advancement and job opportunities in the green economy sector, and the opportunities it presents i.e. green technology, green business practices and environmental protection. The uniqueness of Green Shift Africa Forum value proposition lies in our approach to finding solutions to the green skills challenge. Through Education and Training ranging from a popular medium like the internet (online/virtual) to a camp based direct (face to face) medium, Green Shift Africa Forum intends to deliver the expertise needed by Africans to plug this skills gap. Our proposed method sets us apart from the few others who might have similar ideas mainly because of our ability to streamline the broad segments of green skills into this unique program, and our capability to deliver on this using the vast resources within and outside our organization.
Green Shift Africa
1st Floor, Convention Tower
Cnr Walter Sisulu & Heerengracht Street
Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa;
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Tel: +27 (0) 21 403 6410
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