Teaching Tanzanians to create their own jobs.
Trained over 2,000 Tanzanian youth in job creation. With the support of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tanzania I produced this all-day seminar in Spring 2016 and helped almost one thousand young people learn how to start and grow their own business. The event was called Daraja La Mafanikio (Bridge to Success) and was the second in a series of annual seminars. The first Daraja focused on teaching Tanzanian young people skills and strategies for finding and getting a job.
Every year, about 900,000 young people aged 15 – 24 enter the job market in Tanzania against a forecast of only about 60,000 new openings in the formal sector. With half its people today under the age of 15, and with its population growing each year, Tanzania must find ways to ease its large and growing youth cohort into a labor market that currently offers too few prospects. Tanzania’s education system is a disaster. The student to teacher ratio is 48 to 1. Only slightly more than half the students (54%) pass primary levels. Overall youth literacy is just 64%.
At the same time, this is a highly motivated and creative generation. No longer isolated from the rest of the world by geography, this is a wired generation well-connected via the internet. They are exposed to mass media, have access to Facebook and other social media, and their aspirations are shaped by these exposures. The answer isn’t to look for a job from someone, it’s to generate income for yourself and create employment for others.
Daraja La Mafanikio means Bridge to Success.
The event consisted of several key presentations followed by a panel discussion made up of young Tanzanian entrepreneurs ranging from ice-cream manufacturing to fashion design to high-tech, proving that it is not only possible, but that success is really within reach.
The event was held at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Center in downtown Dar es Salaam and was attended by almost 1,000 young people.
I gave a short presentation on how to validate a business idea:
Here’s my white paper on Tanzania’s Youth Employment problem as background: