In partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Education we have written ‘Learning a Living,’ a new book that focuses on radical innovation at the education/work interface. In anticipation of its release in mid-November, we are launching a month-long campaign to celebrate and bring attention to some of the most powerful thinking on, and examples of, initiatives which hold out the hope of radically new approaches better fitted to the conditions of the 21st century. Read more about the book here.
This week: some of the most innovative educational initiatives that (just barely) did not make it into 'Learning a Living,' divided into regions.
CAMFED Business Training and Microfinance, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania
Camfed offers training, peer support, grants and microloans to help young, predominantly rural women learn economic skills and launch small businesses.
Ethiopian Women’s Leadership Programme, Ethiopia
Female students are exposed to a 9-month academic year programme that includes an internship and service learning component to help build leadership skills and assertiveness, the lack of which heavily contributes to extremely high drop-out rates.
Ford International Fellowship Programme, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia and Latin America
Ford’s IFP provides fellowships for post-graduate study to emerging leaders from marginalised and excluded communities in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia and Latin America. It seeks to empower individual social change-makers with the tools to have a significant impact in their home countries.
The Business Place, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland
A network of drop-in business support centres that offer support to entrepreneurs through providing assistance with information, referrals, training, coaching, workshops, networking and business opportunities.
JCEF is a national initiative to create job opportunities for unemployed Jordanian youth, developing tailor made vocational, technical and managerial training programs that meet the needs of potential employers. JCEF has also established a vibrant alumni network where alumni ‘pay it forward’ to current trainees and the community.
KAUST is a graduate student-only university that focuses on advancing science and technology through bold and collaborative research. KAUST only admits students to engage in research in one of only three fields: energy, food and water - issues that are deemed to be some of the most pressing global problems.
Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center Company Ltd, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Aramco founded an entrepreneurship centre intending to be a major financer and incubator of new businesses in Saudi Arabia. It looks to generate job opportunities for Saudis and contribute to spreading a culture of entrepreneurship, as well as to help introduce an entrepreneurioal eco-system.
Silatech, Middle East
Silatech’s goal is to connect young people, 18-30 years old, with employment and enterprise opportunities. One of its main initiatives, the Taqeem Evaluation Fund, supports 11 small and medium sized youth employment programmes to develop strategies for proving evidence of their impact.
Initiated by the Koç Group and Turkey’s Ministry of Education, this project aims to build awareness and improve vocational education by providing high school students with scholarships, internships, and priority in employment and coaching. It has led to a 68% increase in the number of vocational high school students, and the integration of its school-workplace cooperation model into public policy.