KNUST students in a group photo holding a dummy check for GH¢10,000 after the new winners of the GILEC contest
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) emerged as the winner of the first edition of the Ghana Inter-University Liberty and Economics (GILEC) competition held in Accra last Sunday.
They received a dummy check for GH¢10,000 as a reward.
KNUST emerged victorious after presenting a business case (ideas or plan) on how Ghana can move from the current theoretical learning in the country’s education system to more practical learning.
KNUST was closely followed by the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the University of Mining and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa in the Western Region and the University of Ghana, Legon in that order. The others presented arguments on how to deal with youth unemployment and the galamsey threat.
The competition also saw each university present a pitch on how Ghana can solve some of its pressing economic challenges by building on the skills and knowledge acquired through the African Center for Entrepreneurship Scholars Club training program. and youth empowerment (ACEYE).
There was also a debate session where contestants presented scholarly arguments for or against the main economic challenges currently facing the country.
Students also participated in panel discussions on various topics to demonstrate their knowledge of free market philosophy and general economics.
The competition was organized by ACEYE, a think tank sponsored by Atlas Network, an umbrella organization for think tanks.
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s program director, Dr. Joseph Darmoe, called on young people to be agents of change by being innovative in solving the challenges facing their respective communities.
He advised students to learn how to volunteer or intern for organizations to enable them to learn skills and gain practical experience to support them in the job market.
ACEYE’s Director General, Emmanuel Acquah, observed that young people have long been marginalized in terms of development and decision-making in the country.
The objective of the Scholars Club training project, which was ongoing at the four beneficiary university campuses, was to ensure that students were equipped with relevant policy-making skills and knowledge.
It is equally important, Mr. Acquah said, to ensure that, despite the policies available, young people are not entirely dependent on the government for their survival, but are also venturing into entrepreneurship to create opportunities for employment for themselves and their colleagues.
The managing director of BlueSpace Africa, a financial technology integration company, Samuel Amanor, announced that the company’s goal is to create 10,000 jobs for young people by next year.
He advised the youths to come up with business plans and implement them to solve small problems in their respective communities, such as clearing clogged drains and gutters, cleaning beaches to boost tourism and news stories. facts about galamsey activities in the communities.