Student Entrepreneurship Program.
After the approval by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Kurdistan region to implement the Youth Entrepreneurship project, that prepares young people to be involved in the operation of enterprises and small businesses, in high schools as a pilot project, and the selection of 10 high schools in Erbil governorate, two teachers from each school were selected to define the program and showcase experiences gained in this area.
At another stage of the program, a training course was organized for teachers selected for training and preparation to be ready to play a leading role and spread the information gained at this session to the students. The purpose of this is so that the culture of small enterprises will be spread among the young so that they can be self-reliant and gain confidence and take the initiative to start small projects.
After selecting the names of pupils wishing to participate in the Youth Entrepreneurship project, Business Plan Development courses have been organized in selected schools by teachers who have acquired the necessary training in this area. Students’ projects varied from one school to another, where the ideas presented by them differed in terms of the ideas put forward and included ideas on recycling projects, handicrafts, sewing, and other projects.
Entrepreneurship Among Young People
Baghdad: The Second Training For “Student Enterprise” Trainers.
ALOLA Organization (ALOLA) is one of Business Innovation Programs (BIP) partner in Iraq.
To get things started, the first workshop about youth entrepreneurship and how to prepare young people to be involved in the operation of enterprises and small businesses, was organized in Erbil during the 6 day period from 30th November until 9th December.
After the good experiences around implementing the Small Business project with Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, ALOLA contacted Eng. Saad Ibrahim Abdulrahim, General Manager Engineer of the Vocational Education Directorate - Ministry of Education. The meeting was held at the directorate’s central office in Baghdad on 19th February 2018. Both sides agreed to start the Students Enterprises project because of the high number of jobless, especially among new graduates. Therefore, BIP tools would become the decisive factor in this matter.
The first workshop in Bagdad for Training Leaders making start of Student Enterprises Program in all Iraq. All these teachers have start working with youth entrepreneurship in their schools and they are doing very well.
The Leader of ALOLA Organization Eng. Layla Mahdi held a speech on the last day for all the training’s participants “We teachers should do our best to increase number of skills for our students with job market needs. We will make the learning environment much better with BIP tools. We should start now to have a Business Fair at the end of April.” The Norwegian Business Innovation Programs (BIP), PAO, ALOLA, Education Offices have a high level of cooperation.
Currently there are 40 Teachers from 20 Secondary and 10 Principals involved in this Pilot Program. All these must decide how to achieve the best result by the end of April. BIP will continue support the program with high grade of training, Fair management guidance and materials.
All Program participants agreed to a working plan. They will use the next 6 weeks to choose the students and will organize the Business Fair for the 3rd week of April.
Student Enterprises Program in Baghdad Thursday 22nd. February 2018, Center for Training, Production and Investment.