The MYCRO Garden of Hope Training Centre in Waterloo, Western Area Rural District, Sierra Leone is a Youth development dropping Centre that trains and empowering young people to become self-reliant and self-sustainable. We strive to contribute to changing the lives of young people in Sierra Leone and across Africa. Demographic segregation of the African population indicates that youths form the largest segment of the population in Africa. Hence, developmental efforts must target and/or capture the youthful population to have a tangible and meaningful impact.
The terms youth empowerment and entrepreneurship are broadly employed to explain efforts aimed at providing coping skills and an enabling environment for youths to lead decent lives and contribute meaningfully to development. An emerging trend in youth empowerment in the above-named countries is entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurship education assumed importance against the background of poverty, widespread unemployment, and the need to shift the attention of the citizenry away from white-collar jobs and government patronage. At Movement for youth and Children’s Rights organization (MYCRO-International) we nature young people by providing studies and practical strategies that highlight the importance of youth empowerment towards attaining sustainable development in Sierra Leone and Africa.
This program helps examines the place of entrepreneurship education in the empowerment of youths and attempts to identify missing links in the execution of entrepreneurship education initiatives in Africa. In Africa, the youthful population is categorized into two; in-school and out-of-school youths. The MYCRO entrepreneurship program appraised the relative spread and intensity of entrepreneurship education initiatives (especially government-facilitated entrepreneurship education) amongst both groups. While entrepreneurship education initiatives target in-school youth are easily noticeable in most of these countries in Africa, the same cannot be said about out-of-school youth. Meanwhile, based on Africa literacy, school enrolment, and tertiary institution matriculation examination/admission records, it can be inferred that out-of-school youths in these countries far outnumber in-school youths.
Therefore, MYCRO recommends specific and deliberate Countries’ efforts to impart entrepreneurial skills to out-of-school youths as a means to empowering them to contribute to the sustainable development of African society. Such initiatives could have as primary targets, drop-outs from secondary schools, and young people who cannot proceed to higher institutions after their secondary education.