- Written by Rowland Masi
An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he`ll quickly learn how to chew it. | Roy Ash
The formal education sector in Malawi needs a boost, as graduates are unable to be absorbed by the job market. Not only because of an economy in decline, but because the skills that students acquire in schools fall short of skills required by employers.
The unfortunate outcome is that graduates are mostly job seekers and not job creators. The Social Enterprise Academy exists to fill in these gaps by offering learning and development programmes which are primarily concerned with social entrepreneurship, which has the potential of creating jobs and developing our communities.
It is never too late to pursue an Academy programme, regardless of age or academic achievement.
Why Is It Important For Malawians To Become Job Creators?
Employers simply cannot afford the cost of hiring additional staff. Taxes on salaries are heavy on the average employee with up to 30% of one’s monthly income deducted from their pay. Inflation has also decreased the Kwacha`s buying power and whilst prices for goods increase, salaries remain relatively the same.
Social Enterprise Academy programmes promote entrepreneurship, which is all about job creation. They open up a new diverse world to learners who may not know how to start an enterprise, grow it and make it sustainable by supplementing their knowledge and capacities through learning and development.
Education & Schools
The majority of schools in Malawi are not accredited with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and individuals are graduating with papers which “have no weight”. These degrees and diplomas are not competitive on the job market and are overlooked for vacant job positions in favor of the qualifications awarded by the very few institutions which are accredited.
In addition, employers are unable to find the skills they are looking for in graduates and as a result, important job positions are filled by expatriates. The Social Enterprise Academy is registered with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and upon successful completion of programmes, a learner is able to attach their Academy certificates to their CV`s which could boost their opportunities on the job market but more importantly, it will stir up in them a desire to become self-sufficient.
Don’t worry about being successful but work towards being significant and the success will naturally follow. | Oprah Winfrey
Entrepreneurship As A Way Of Social Development
As schools are unable to prepare students for entrepreneurship, the Academy becomes more relevant to the country’s socio-economic development. Social Enterprises in Malawi have:
- Created jobs for women with no formal education whatsoever – Kwithu Kitchen, Mzuzu
- Provided electricity (through solar energy) to entire townships which initially had no power – The Beehive, Blantyre
- Found a means of repurposing waste into decorative pieces of art thereby promoting environmental conservation - BottleTop, Lilongwe
- Provided good quality clothing at affordable prices which allows buyers to become community retailers themselves – DAPP, Lilongwe
The Academy`s learning outcomes help learners to:
- Define and identify what a social enterprise is and does
- How to start, grow and financially sustain a social enterprise
- See other social enterprises at work and become inspired by the measure of their impact
- Appreciate the need to become job creators as opposed to job seekers
- Complement a learners academic qualifications by providing them with an internationally recognized and certified programme
Get in touch with us today and learn more about our programmes in Social Enterprise, Leadership, Measuring Social Impact and Learning (coaching and mentoring).