The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) together with the Ministry of Education and Skill Development this week launched an Entrepreneurship Awareness Workshop (EAW) at Kagiso Senior Secondary School in Ramotswa.

The workshop would develop students’ entrepreneurial interest and it followed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions in October last year.

LEA deputy chief executive officer, Cosmos Moapare said the workshop strived to empower students with entrepreneurial skills so that at the end of training, students could assess themselves and decide whether they had entrepreneurship traits.

He said the workshop would equip the future generation with basic knowledge on how to identify business opportunities as well as how to start and run a business within the Botswana business environment.

“This programme will further roll out to various tertiary education final year students reaching an overall target of approximately 37 000 young Botswana which is inclusive of those from the senior secondary schools,” he said.

He said the students would also be educated on the various support programmes available to them through various government departments.

Moapare added that the EAW programme targeted youth groups as a plot to reduce unemployment and further pointed out that the developed small micro and medium enterprises sector would add value to growth of the country.

Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mogotsamang Kewagamang said the MOU promoted cooperation in the field of education and entrepreneurship hence the need to conduct regular awareness workshops.

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