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WHAT AFRICA HAS BEEN WAITING FOR!

Article Written by Mr. Mike Omukuba- Public Relations Director, CAV

Center for Africa Volunteers (CAV) has now rolled out the International Exchange program (I-Exchange). I-Exchange aims to link Africa to other continents especially Europe and America. Through this program, Africans can now work, study, do business, visit and take vocations in Europe and America with ease. The latest is the Work, Business, and Education Program-WoBEP. In partnership with Diversity Learning Institute (DLI) and Twikatane e.V, CAV now provides Africans with opportunities to work, study and do business in Germany.
With the current unemployment rate of 2.65%, is this what we have been waiting for? Is this the remedy to this dire situation? Let’s find out. Scroll to read More

The Unemployment Rhetoric

Kenya, like many other African countries, seems to have been overwhelmed by the unemployment question. A lot of folks are learned, holding degrees from different institutions of higher learning, but cannot be able to secure a job. Debates have erupted over the issue with education cabinet secretaries failing to answer the head scratching-question – the usual one – how they are going to ensure that students are able to secure employment after many years of toiling. Suggestions have been raised; “Let us scrape off the ‘meaningless’ courses”, “let us shut down this and that university,” “let the youth learn to employ themselves,” and so on and forth.

The question is – is there such thing as ‘meaningless course’? Is a developing country supposed to be creating more institutions of higher learning or shutting down the existing ones? Is the country providing aid to the youth to start their own ventures?

The unemployment quest has been asked more than enough times, but there has never been enough answers. Yes, this is a problem that every developing country encounters, but every developing country cannot claim to have no answer to this question. At some point, it seems rhetoric, but not anymore because we have found the answer.

How then does one go to school for a whopping sixteen years only for the Cabinet Secretary in charge of education to term their area of specialization as meaningless? Perhaps, he was right. Some of our institutions are not better equipped to provide quality programs. For instance, students undertaking mining courses have limited access to better, quality, and up-to-date equipment to facilitate their learning. They hence have a lower hand in relation to others who have had the privilege of accessing these equipment. Belonging to a third-world country should not be an impediment to accessing quality education. The students need opportunities to enable them access world-class education. They need the ‘link to quality.’

What about that entrepreneur with big dreams? One that thinks of venturing into huge money-generating opportunities, but cannot find market. Should their dreams be shuttered and asked to think locally? Not so long ago, back in 2013, a 20year old lad in Githunguri, Kenya, built a functioning chopper, but today we do not hear of him at all. His villagers said he is still miserable because he failed to think locally – that he should have thought of an idea that has local market instead of thinking of vitu za wazungu. (Translated as European stuff.) There are a lot of big minds out here that are thinking internationally but do not have the avenue to make their dreams come true.

Agribusiness

Despite the 3rd world problems, Africa is a blessed continent with a lovely climate capable of producing almost every product. In fact, Africa produces more than it consumes. There are a good number of farmers that produce quality agricultural products but have had a hard time finding markets for their products. They need to be connected not only here in Africa but also beyond the borders of the continent.

Center for Africa Volunteers seeks to answer head scratching-questions. CAV believes that in every challenge that we face, there must be a possible solution to overcome it. What only needs to be done is to go that one extra mile to tap that solution. We have gone that extra mile to bring a solution to the rhetoric question of unemployment. We have gone that extra mile to provide our entrepreneurs with market and a conducive environment to broaden their thinking. We have gone an extra mile to ensure that our farmers can now get ready market for their agricultural produce. We have gone an extra mile to broker the INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM.

Think International education, work, business, vocation, then think International Exchange Program, because this is the program – the apparent bridge to enhance Africa connectivity.