Create learning environments to empower children to lift themselves, their family and their community from poverty
Our projects and work in Burkina Faso and with Bethel School involve working to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in which children can thrive.
We have been working with JA Africa providing entrepreneurial skills, work readiness and financial literacy empowering the students to set up their own businesses and furnish them with the skills to succeed in a global market.
In April 2018, 7 companies were set up by the students enrolled in the 2nd entrepreneurship course. These are:
- Néré biscuits
- Polenta Cake
- Liquid soap
- Solid soap
- Peanut paste
Participating students have been instructed by JA Africa staff and volunteers working along the same model lines as Citrus Saturday.
Citrus Saturday is an excellent UCL developed programme which offers toolkits that give students specific enterprise skills. Students will become trainers, transferring their knowledge to the school, their peers and local communities. Those who are inspired to set up their own businesses will then have access to an 'Entrepreneur fund' to seed fund their business ideas. The support for the new Entrepreneurs from Bethel School will be enhanced by the 20 computers that Giving Africa purchased from Computer Aid in 2015. The students have been learning basic IT, Word and Office skills.
In Autumn 2017 we employed an IT teacher who facilitates, tablet learning (though KIO and BRCK) and opportunities to have meaningful connections to global entrepreneurs and networks. Students can begin to access worldwide, as well as local, knowledge to support their learning and help them to go on to gain employment or set up on their own when leaving school.
Giving Africa aims to empower the children of Bethel School and surrounding areas to become the next generation of leaders - giving them the choice to set up on their own, gain employment or access further education - thus lifting themselves and their communities from poverty.