In an impressive exhibition of wide and diverse support for Global Entrepreneurship Week, theDeputy Prime Minister of Swaziland, the Honourable Paul Dlamini (pictured), was joined by theMinister of Education and Training, the Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture, and the Minister of Commerce and Trade to officially launch GEW 2013.
The event served both as the kickoff of GEW Swaziland, as well also as the launch of Junior Achievement’s Out of School Youth program. GEW host Junior Achievement Swaziland and partner organization, the Micro Finance Unit of Swaziland saw a need to partner in an endeavour to address youth unemployment in the country. To do so, they developed a Youth Entrepreneurship Development Curriculum/program that will equip youth with practical and marketable business and entrepreneurship skills, enabling them to start or scale up their businesses.
Junior Achievement Swaziland’s Executive Director, Jean Mwenda explained “The ultimate goal of this program is to train and equip beneficiaries with business management and enterprise development skills so they are able to have improved food and income security, as well as create job opportunities for themselves and others within the community, ultimately participating in economic development of the country.”