Socio-economically speaking, though things are showing a sure sign of getting back on track, the new way of doing things will not be easily embraced if the factors that brought us—in the first place—to our miserable and almost irredeemable state are not systematically exterminated, properly cremated and subsequently effectively blown into the wind to be ushered into permanent oblivion.
This brings us to the perfect moment of properly identifying and analysing those factors that have consistently been hampering us from being an advanced, self-sustaining economy.
But time will not permit us to look at any fine number of them. In fact, for today, we have the time and space for only one of such factors we have to carefully isolate and permanently eradicate for our own sure good: it is bad education.
To start us off smoothly, first, we have to settle it in our hearts and minds that, skills, relevant and matured skills, are the real driving force of a healthy, flourishing economy.
The deep-seated problem
But there is a stubborn, deep-seated problem, as Accelevate Leads Ltd (a reputed professional skills development firm), succinctly puts it:
“There are so many graduates completing formal studies, yet we still experience an ever increasing rate of unemployment.”
The proud organiser of this year’s Skills Hunt Summit to culminate in the Skills Hunt Expo in November, continues to say that the real problem is that, despite the staggering proliferation of higher education institutions, more and more students find themselves with academic qualifications which don’t guarantee them employment or financial freedom.
“In fact, they realize that they have undergone an extensive academic training, have excelled academically but lack the skills to do the job according to customers’ expectations,” points out Accelevate Leads.
The Skills Hunt Summit therefore aims, among other objectives, to help students, budding entrepreneurs, employees and employers alike to understand the universal best practices they need to adopt to make themselves more relevant in the ever-changing hyper-competitive society.
On the material day, the multi-sectoral and multi-age participants are expected to be gathered at Daystar University, Valley Road Campus for a whole day of powerful interactive engagement from 8 AM on Thursday, February 16 this year.
Meanwhile, it may be worth our while to take one more look at the track record of the organiser of the much anticipated one-day seminar.
“Accelevate Leads Limited is a disruptive force in the skills development arena, ” they write on the event site.
With particular focus in the Kenyan and East African space, part of what they do every day is assessing their socio-economic needs and then work with market leaders in the economy to effectively address the found needs.
” We also look at the skills gaps and along with industry experts, highlight these gaps before our clients and show them how these gaps can be filled.”
BY MOSES OMUSOLO