By Aminata Panny Turay
The Mother’s Choice Foundation has officially launched the Empowering Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme at the Africell American Corner in Freetown.
Santos S. Kamara is the Founder of Mother’s Choice Foundation. He said the initiative is to capacitate young people, especially students with entrepreneurship skills.
He said it is hoped that the skills will help the students in creating job opportunities for themselves and other young people once they are out of their universities.
Kamara went on that their aim is to ensure that student entrepreneurs are able to start their own business, penetrate and also want to see that the government and stakeholders prioritise potential entrepreneurs.
He said it has been discovered that students are having problems with utilising their ideas, they do not have the skills and abilities contextualising their ideas to go into the business world.
The aim of Mother’s Choice Foundation, Kamara went on, is to ensure that students be able to conceptualise their ideas and set up businesses on their own to sustain them and their families.
Jacqueline Hong, Director of Public Relations and Media at Leone Rock Metal Group (one of the sponsors of the initiative) said they have done well and they will continue to do more to empower youth.
She said they already have their short- and medium-term plans which will focus on allocation and lecturing university students on entrepreneurship.
Isha Kamara, a pupil of the Methodist Girls High School who is also one of the beneficiaries of the training said she has learnt a lot from the training.
She said she has been able to learn lots on entrepreneurship, business and skills and above all, about grant-writing.
She promised to transfer the knowledge she had gained from the training to other young people who are not privileged to be part of the training.