Solve the Equation East Africa (SEE) and the School of Agricultural Sciences hold the 2nd Entrepreneurship Skills Training
18 students got certificates of attendance after the three day training at the school of Agricultural Sciences
Solve Equation East Africa (SEE) Project and the School of Agricultural Sciences has conducted its 2nd Entrepreneurship students’ training on Applied Entrepreneurship and Practical Business Management. The (3) three day training which started on 30th May, 2016 was officially closed by the SEE Project Coordinator for East Africa Mr. Paul Serumaga on 1st June, 2016.
18 students mainly finalists from BSc. in Agriculture, BSc in Agribusiness, BSc in Horticulture, BSc. in Rural Innovations and students from the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences were given certificatesofattendance.
Student trainees taking notes duing the training
The training prepared in modular form covered a number of topics including Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Strategic Marketing and Customer Service and Establishment of a Small and Medium enterprises. Other modules included Business Management, Economic Policy and Trade Instruments, Value Chain Analysis, Business Plan Writing and Resource mobilisation.
Course instructors included Dr. Walekhwa Peter, Dr. Ekere William, Ms. Lwiza Florence, Dr. Allan Komakech and Ms. Balirwa Elizabeth.
Ms. Elizabeth Balirwa delivering a lecture
In his closing remarks Mr. Paul Serumaga congratulated students for completing the course and encouraged students to use the skills and venture into businesses. “You should not just get the skills, you should go out there and put them into practice”, He said
Makerere University SEE Project Coordinator Prof. Felix Bareeba said the objective of the training is to help students to become job makers and not seekers.
“The objective of the training is to provide graduates with skills they need to venture out on their own as entrepreneurs. This will help enhance their chances of self employment and prosperity”. The Professor said.
Prof. Bareeba said that the next plan was to run three (3) more trainings before the end of this year and to open the course to all students from CAES.
“By the end of the training, all students should be able to identify whether self employment is suitable for them; understand how the market works; the business possibilities and target markets”, Prof. Bareeba stated.
Prof. Felix Bareeba: The Makerere University Co-ordinator for the SEE project .
He asked students to develop ideas saying, they will be mentored and helped to acquire loans to start business.
He said the project had delivered on its promise of procuring television sets for playing videos and projects on inspirational and successful entrepreneurs and also secured ice-cream making machines for students.
“The ice cream machine is already here and the students started making the ice cream and selling it. The TV sets were procured but what is remaining is to buy the cable wires and we are looking for funds”. He said.
Dr. Allan Komakech, one of the course instructors during one of the class sessions
Funded by Master Card in the United States, the Student’s Entrepreneurship Club acquired two computers and TV screens to showcase successful businessmen to interest the youth to use their own skills to create jobs after graduation. The project also delivered an assortment of ice - cream making machines worth $ 10,000. The equipment was delivered at the college in October 2015 from China.
SEE is a collaborative project within the member universities in East Africa trying to change the mindset of University graduates from thinking about job seeking to job creation by imparting several skills including entrepreneurship.
The patnering universities include Makerere University (Uganda), University of Rwanda (Rwanda), Nairobi University (Kenya) and Muhimbili University in Tanzania.
Students asking questions after one of the lectures
SEE Project and the Makerere University Students’ Entrepreneurship Club were launched in at Makerere University in March, 2015 at the School of Agricultural Sciences.
The project structure involves a training component, curriculum development and linkages with banks to give start up loans to students. Others include mentoring activities for all students who would have started a business and outreach programs to different people within their localities who would have already started businesses.
Students and Prof. Felix Bareeba (R) pose for a group photograph after the training
Article compiled by:
Communication Officer, CAES