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Fresh challenges need new approaches for higher education training and is the key to all youth career development.

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Ensuring quality education is the best and Sustainable Development Goal and future.

Plenty has been done to build and implement effective high education strategies in both developed and developing countries but the process is far from complete. With the new challenges posing uncertainty for the future of young people, governments, universities, the private sector and partners are to be aware of the issues and design new approaches to regain momentum.

High education training is a highly critical issue for the overall situation, for example, in Africa, primarily noting that the low level of human capital in all sectors is a major impediment to growth, poverty reduction and food security throughout the continent. Yet the same issue  underlines that African leaders now regard high education as capable of driving overall economic development (with 32% of GDP and 65% of employment attributable to science sector), and are thus pressing for a radically new approach to higher education, as the current system is disconnected from the labour market.

To this end, the university environment in Africa has to be improved markedly in the next 10 years, Intellectual investment in universities has again to become attractive for African states.

The problem is that, the ongoing dearth of links between universities and the private sector, are discouraging, but the current initiatives like agricultural incubation programmes are heading in the right direction, in Africa.

Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

This idea is designed for all youth, and it re-imagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow besides programmes like financial support, loan schemes,scholarships and others. This idea is about the future of higher education in relation to job market after completion of higher education.

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

The skills, input or guidance from OpenIDEO include,editing, partnership, strategy, brainstorming, evaluation and feedback.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

human centred design, involving the youth or learners and exchanging ideas for more of their insights.

Tell us about your work experience:

I have over 19 years experience working with Youth and Women in Empowerment and Rural Development.

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Hi Obua!

Thank you for sharing your idea.

Would you tell me more about the agricultural incubation programmes? What could we learn from them?

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Hi Kate Rushton!
Happy New Year! And long time. I am glad we are back on track again!

Thank you once more for your comments on my idea.

The incubator is all about agribusiness training at a new demonstration centre, which offers opportunity for unemployed youth both illiterates and literate/semi literates. The centre is devoted to youth training and support – works with young people wishing to set up their own farming businesses.

Students benefit from 3 to 9 month theoretical business and practical agricultural training courses, which include a common core curriculum (cross-disciplinary training on management, accounting, business plans and negotiating with banks) and a practical phase (baseline techniques for running different types of farms).

After training, these young entrepreneurs join the network of small agricultural enterprises specialised in production, processing, marketing and equipment that has formed over the years.

This training has become an alternative to the failing Ugandan educational system, a common African scenario.

 The incubator component offers in addition, the agricultural value chain training to all those who aspire to take up farming as their alternative livelihoods.

 A good number of them are young people with a university education who are unable to find work in their field of study. We can offer them a short agricultural training course to help them start up their own businesses. With these brief insights, I propose quality education, market oriented training as a way forward, given the high costs of higher education today, there is also need to consider how we may invest the little money, be it a student loan scheme, scholarship or other, so as we can get the benefits in the end as well.

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Please keep those comments coming, and I love to share more as we make comments.

Yours sincerely,

Godfrey Obua.