JAAA plans to resume weekend youth camps

first_imgJamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, said that the body is in the process of resuming weekend training camps for youth athletes as they prepare for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games in July.Blake, in his bid for re-election to the role of president last year, centred his campaign manifesto on a return to regular training camps for youth athletes as he was concerned about Jamaica’s performance at the World Youth Championships in 2015, where the country only earned one medal. However, there were no camps held in 2016. Back then, Blake had told The Gleaner that what he described as the “unavailability” of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had prevented any training in 2015.Blake went on to say that there would definitely be camps in 2016.’NOEXCUSE'”We will really have no excuse not to have a camp at G.C. Foster this year,” he said in January last year.However, with the passing of that year, there were still no camps held.Blake gave a similar reason on Wednesday for the inactivity over 2016.”It was about getting the people together, and getting somewhere suitable, because for quite a while in the past, we had used G.C. Foster,” he said. “For some time, G.C. Foster’s track wasn’t functional, but now that the track is back up and running and the place has been fixed up a bit, we are going to be looking at having our camps.”We want to start it as soon as possible, but right now, some of the kids are tied up in exams. So we’d have to see who we want to invite to the camps, how their exam schedules are – because they must be allowed the time to do their exams and get some studying done, but at the same time, we want them to keep active so that we can get an improved performance at these games.”The Gleaner reached out to officials at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport to see if talks between both parties did occur. They confirmed this, saying that they did speak with Blake and there were plans proposed for this month and next, but exams are taking place at the moment, so it would not be wise. They said that a date will, however, be confirmed in the near future.- R.P.last_img read more

EDITORIAL

first_imgWhat Difference Is There Now in Political Ideology, Senator Findley?Last weekend saw the abrupt exit of former Grand Bassa Senator and Senate President Pro-Tempore, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, from the ruling Unity Party (UP). Since he quit the Senate in 2014 as a result of his defeat in a special senatorial election, Mr. Findley has been actively engaged in mobilizing Grand Bassonians for the election of Vice President Joseph Boakai on the Unity Party ticket in the pending presidential election. In one interview, Mr. Findley is recalled as having stated, “Bassa is not Brumskine’s stronghold. Let’s wait and see whether he will come third; I dare him.” Less than three months ago Mr. Findley lifted Vice President Joseph Boakai’s hand and introduced him to the Bassa people as the country’s choice for the presidency.This high degree of euphoria that gripped Findley and his supporters soon dwindled following the announcement of Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay as vice running mate to Joseph Boakai. In a statement over the weekend Findley said his resignation was based on “differences in political ideology with the Unity Party and nothing else.”Was Nuquay’s selection as running mate part of the “ideological differences”?Findley based his argument on Article 17 of the Constitution which states, “All persons, at all times, shall have the right to associate fully with others and refuse to associate with political parties, trade unions and other organizations.” Difference in political ideology and the constitutional right to associate and to disassociate is indisputable. However, politics being concerned with people makes it imperative to ask this question: What is Senator Findley’s difference now with UP’s political ideology?The UP under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ruled Liberia for 12 consecutive years, and Gbehzohngar Findley has been in the vanguard of preaching and supporting all the good about the party under her leadership. In addition he was, until his surprise announcement last weekend, staunchly supporting its new standard bearer, Joseph Boakai, to continue the UP hegemony. Mr. Findley’s message, until last week, had led many to believe that UP and its standard bearer could still be relied upon to take the country to a higher level. In the wake of Gbehzohngar’s sudden change of heart, he needs to tell us what caused it. He must surely realize that this sudden change of his has dashed the hopes of the many whom Findley has over the past several years convinced to see the Unity Party as the best alternative to lead Liberia. In order to get the disappointed and gullible electorate on par to make the right decision for Liberia going forward, Mr. Findley needs to explain the difference in political ideology he now senses, that sparked his abrupt break with his beloved UP, from which he benefited in his election to the lofty position of Senate President Pro-Tempore.The public needs to know what led to cohesiveness in ideology at first and the difference arising now. What caused you, Mr. Findley, to believe strongly that UP was the best party to lead Liberia over the past 12 years and further to continue for at least another six under Boakai? All Liberians, especially those who supported you over the past few years, need to know the real reason for your change of heart. Please tell us what it is. Is it what some are speculating, that the VP did not select you as his running mate?Remember, Mr. Findley, how in 2013 when the Liberian Senate under your leadership as President Pro-Tempore, summoned then Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones to ask him why he was giving out loans to market women and other underprivileged Liberians. It was at that time that the market women and men accused you of engineering the current Code of Conduct to witch-hunt Governor Jones. We further recall that during that period protesters converged at the Capitol and accused you of attempting to block their chance to get loans to continue their small, struggling businesses. They said then that instead of seeking the interest of ordinary, poor Liberians, you were using your high elective position to deny them the great opportunity Governor Jones was trying to afford them to lift them out of poverty. We do not want to conjecture that your sudden change of heart was sparked by the rethinking and reversal positions of many influential and powerful Liberian officials over the Code of Conduct.We leave it to you to tell us what caused this sudden change of heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stella Maris Polytechnic Graduates 500

first_imgSister Mary Laurene Browne, President, Stella Maris PolytechnicStella Maris Polytechnic (SMP), owned and operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, on Friday, August 21, hosted an elaborate 19th Commencement Convocation for 500 students who completed their respective courses of studies in various disciplines over the last four years.SMP, formerly Don Bosco Polytechnic, received its charter from the Legislature on August 15, 1988. With the change of name to SMP, a bill to amend the charter was presented to the National Transitional Legislative Assembly and approved on November 18, 2005.Situated on the main campus on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, where the institution has constructed one of the largest and privately-owned auditoriums, the Polytechnic boasts of five colleges, including the Arthur Barclay Business College, Bishop John Collins Teachers College, Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Monsignor Stephen Kyne Technical College, and the Monsignor John Ogé Agriculture College.Members of the 2018 Stella Maris graduating classSome of the graduates listen to Sister Mary Laurene Browne as she confers degrees on them.Of the number of graduates, 20 obtained Masters of Science degree in Nursing Education (MSNED), 79 in Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Medical Laboratory Technology, Biology and Health Sciences, and Bachelor for Social Work (BSW); 59 in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Arthur Barclay Business College, and BSc in Economics; 40 obtained BSc from Monsignor Stephen Kyne Technical College; 15 (BSc) in Elementary Education; 12 (BSc), Monsignor John Ogé Agriculture College, while 91 others obtained Associate of Arts (AA) degree in various academic disciplines.Of the 20 that obtained Masters Degree, five of them graduated with distinction. They are Audrey P. Taire, Magna Cum Laude, Yei Leyah-Zeantoe, Magna Cum Laude, Blossom Y. Hodges, Cum Laude, Peter S. Wainpa, Cum Laude and Rebecca M. Galary, Cum Laude.One captivating scene that made the audience, including parents, guidance and well-wishers to give standing ovation, was the moment Sister Mary Laurene Browne, SMP President, announced Mr. Jallah McGill as one person that had obtained an Associate of Science degree (A.Sc) in general agriculture, while his daughter, Venus W. McGill, also graduated with Bsc from the Monsignor John Ogé Agriculture College. They were both called to face the audience while everyone applauded.Sister Mary Laurene Browne, using McGill’s example, urged other parents to consider learning as something that is “never too late.” Her admonition was greeted with rounds of applause from the audience, some of whom hailed Mr. McGill for his steadfastness in advancing himself along with his daughter, Venus.The commencement’s speaker, former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, cautioned the graduates to always advance themselves in education, “because education is indeed the enabling tool for continued development and fair distribution of national wealth.”“Unless such distribution is in the hands of distributors who have the thought of country, the love of country, and are committed to building country, I am afraid the fair distribution process can become a source of serious disappointment for young graduates who want to serve their country,” Mr. Boakai said to the delight of the graduates.Friday’s ceremony was attended by high-profile individuals, among them Chancellor of the Polytechnic, His Grace, Most Reverend Lewis Jerome Zeigler, Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, Reverend Father Doctor Patrick Kabba, Chairperson, SMP Board of Trustees, Dr. Franklin T. Dalieh, Sr., Vice President for Administration and Mr. Karney Johnson, elder brother of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Madewini man stabbed to death in bed

first_img– 12 inch knife, pink mobile phone found at murder sceneDead: Puranand BaljitAlthough the Police announced a 16 per cent reduction in serious crimes, another murder has been recorded, this time a young man was stabbed to death in his bed at Madewini, East Bank Demerara.Dead is Puranand Andrew Baljit, 25, also called Andrew of Lot 57 Madewini, EBD. He was reportedly stabbed seven times to the body while lying on his bed at about 22:00h on Thursday. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, EBD.According to reports, the perpetrator might have got access to the young man’s bedroom through a glass window that was left open.At the time of the stabbing, the young man’s father and stepmother were at home and heard a moaning sound coming from his room. Upon investigating they realised that the man was stabbed.When Guyana Times visited the scene on Friday morning, relatives of the dead man were washing away the blood stains. His stepmother, Simone Baljit explained that she and her husband along with their baby retired to bed at about 21:00h but soon after, they heard a scream emanating from the young man’s bedroom.“In meh sleep I hear one holler, only one holler with all he strength, I know something wrong… he father jump and I jump up… he rushed to the window then to the door… he collect a cutlass and tell me not to open the door yet until he go check see if anybody deh in de house,” the stepmother said.She noted that they finally opened their bedroom door and went to the young man’s bedroom. His bedroom door was locked and although they attempted to “kick it open”, they were unsuccessful.“He went back into our bedroom and jumped through we bedroom window and went towards his son room… Andrew bedroom window de open and when he look inside was blood all over”, the woman noted.She went on to say her husband gained entry to the bedroom by jumping through the window and eventually opened the door. She noted that the young man’s body was covered in blood.In panic, she screamed for neighbours but no one came to their assistance. They eventually called a taxi and took the injured man to the Diagnostic Centre. There, she recalled seeing several stab wounds in the vicinity of his chest and abdomen.She was ordered out of the room by doctors because she kept fainting away.The distressed father, too distraught told Guyana Times that when he eventually got access to his son’s room, the young man took two deep breaths and at that point he realised his son was dead but did not tell his wife. He telephoned for a taxi and rushed his lifeless son to the hospital.While the son was described as a quiet individual, his stepmother explained that he spent a night out of the house during the week and upon returning, stayed at home for three days which is highly abnormal.“He didn’t go out with he friends and so for three days… and I thought something happen but he never tell anybody what does bother he… I would argue with him but he doesn’t argue back”, the woman cried.Meanwhile, at the scene on Friday morning, detectives stumbled on a muddied track leading to the house from a bushy area. They have also retrieved a 12-inch knife on the ledge of the window and a pink mobile phone at the murder scene. Neighbours pointed out that they did not hear any unusual sound nor screams for help from the young man’s stepmother.One neighbour explained that during the time the murder reportedly occurred, loud music was banging through the speakers of a neighbour’s music system. This, she noted might have been the reason for them not hearing anything.Friend and family of the young man are still in a state of shock upon learning of the unfortunate incident. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

DONEGALDAILY TV VIDEO: LOCAL LEGEND’S RECORD STILL STANDS AFTER 20TH BALLYARE 10K

first_imgTHERE was a massive turn-out tonight for the 20th running of the Ballyare 10k. More than 350 people took part in either the 10k race – or the 5k fun walk.Run from Carr’s of the Diamond and taking in one of the toughest 10k routes in Co Donegal, hundreds of local people turned out to cheer on the runners and the walkers.Local legend Patrick Hegarty, a multiple Irish champion, is race director these days (and of course still a runner.)His astonishing record for the course at just over 30 minutes still stands after tonight’s event, which was won by Derry man Declan Reid who led from the front but couldn’t break Patrick’s record. Congratulations to all those who took part and a special mention to Carr’s of the Diamond where once again tea, coffee, sandwiches and enough cakes and buns to feed an army were laid on for participant and spectator alike.We will have a video of the walkers – and all the results a bit later on. DONEGALDAILY TV VIDEO: LOCAL LEGEND’S RECORD STILL STANDS AFTER 20TH BALLYARE 10K was last modified: August 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGALDAILY TV VIDEO: LOCAL LEGEND’S RECORD STILL STANDS AFTER 20TH BALLYARE 10Klast_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS – HURLERS WIN LEAGUE TITLE

first_imgCongratulations to the Senior Hurlers who claimed their Ulster Táin League Div. 4 title on Saturday overcoming Pearse Óg, Louth by 2-14 to 0-08. In a great team effort, dual star Sean McVeigh top scored with 2-07 of the total. They are due back in league action this Wednesday, May 1st when they travel to take on Strabane Shamrocks in a reversed game.The Minor boys footballers will take on rivals Gaoth Dobhair this Wednesday, May 1st in the Northern League Final in Killygordon at 7:15pm. Best of luck to Christy and the boys. Win or lose they will play their county league semi-final on Friday evening v either Dungloe or Ardara.The Senior footballers took on Killybegs on Sunday at home and despite missing several players they grinded out a 3 point victory to move into second place in the league table on their own. They have no game this weekend. The Reserves also continued their good start to the season with another convincing victory over the Fishermen. The Senior Ladies were narrowly beaten by Moville on Sunday and will travel to Ardara this week with day and time tbc.The U14 Boys Div. 1 team are due to meet Sean MacCumhaills this Wednesday with both teams having already reached the Northern League Final. The Div. 2 team are away to Milford with the Div. 3 team due to be at home to Moville.The training pitch is going to be closed for a number of weeks for repair work, please use the new area or on very wet days make alternative arrangements.The Sunday Morning Academy is up and running again every Sunday from 11am – 12 noon. The Friday Evening Hurling & Camogie Academy has also recommenced for 2013. New members from all over Letterkenny are welcome to join the academies.Cúl Camps will take place in O’Donnell Park this year on July 22nd (football) and August 12th (Hurling).There will be a Country Dance in the Clubhouse on Saturday, May 18th in aid of the U14 Boys Féile team. Tickets are just €7 and music will be provided by Country Traditions.We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Lexie Tinney, Drumcairn, Manor on their loss. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS – HURLERS WIN LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: April 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS – HURLERS WIN LEAGUE TITLElast_img read more

SUPERMODEL FAYE ADMITS: ‘I’M HOOKED ON KNITTING’

first_imgDONEGAL supermodel Faye Dinsmore had admitted she loves KNITTING!The 25-year-old is also doing her bit for Donegal in the process…using yarns produced in the county to knit some snazzy scarves.The Ballintra native says she actually joined a knitting club whilst studying French and the Classics at Trinity College in Dublin. “I joined the knitting society in Trinity last year and I’ve been making these scarves ever since!” she told us.Faye – whose favourite TV shows include ‘Come Dine With Me’ – is clearly enjoying Come Knit With Me too.She says the scarf below is the seventh in a long collection….Donegal Daily is trying to get our hands on just one of them – make a great prize in a competition! Studio Donegal Aran tweed…as knitted by FayeSUPERMODEL FAYE ADMITS: ‘I’M HOOKED ON KNITTING’ was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallintradonegalFaye Dinsmoreknittingscarveslast_img read more

Sebastien Desabre’s departure as told by a female fan

first_imgDesabre left his role as Cranes head coach this past Sunday. (PHOTO/file)KAMPALA – Just like that! The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has failed to convince the National Team Head coach of the Uganda Cranes Mr. Desabre Sebastien Serge Louis to stay.What a pity!Wait, wait, wait… why must people that are not only hardworking but fair on the eye always be the ones that have to leave unceremoniously?Okay, I am not so knowledgeable in football, but the best thing that has happened to Ugandan football in the recent past is Coach Desabre.Like a bad marriage, the coach must have waited for a positive change and given up. Stuck with players that have refused to train in a foreign country due to an issue that must not have reached that extent, the wise thing to do was to start thinking outside the box [read Uganda].Why can’t we Ugandans ever learn?Did I read it somewhere? Yes, I think I did; that the reasons for termination of the employment contract are for the benefit and growth of both parties.That phrase is quite infuriating. “For the benefit of both parties,” it reads. Both parties? Like hell no! Not in my opinion. What in this world does Uganda Cranes, FUFA or us the silent football supporters and even those rowdy fanatics benefit from losing a top-notch coach? [At least he was in my head].Maybe the said reasons are good for Desabre, because he has learnt a thing or two about working for some countries, but the other party? It is a huge lie.It is sad that our team, which by the way played so well, got kicked out of AFCON and we really wanted to mourn peacefully. Then what happens? We are slapped with the news of the coach agreeing with FUFA to end his contract. Somebody decided we had not been hurt enough and chose to remove the coach.And remember, we Ugandan women welcomed Desabre with open limbs. We were willing to go to hell and back, just to keep him attached to Uganda. Now see?FUFA had better find a very good replacement for Desabre; otherwise, some of us will never support Ugandan football again. The things people like me understand about football are mainly emotional.And FUFA has the guts to say they recognise the contribution Mr. Desabre made in improvement of the sporting and professional organisation of the Uganda Cranes inclusive of qualification to the AFCON 2019 Finals and also to the Round of 16.If they know he made a great contribution, what point does it make to dump him? Really? Football is for men – seriously. It is only men that know why one would dump a person that they know is useful to them.And what was his response, well – he was grateful to the people and the Government of Uganda, FUFA, Sponsors, Staff and the players that have provided him a good environment to fulfil his obligations in his first-time role as a National Team Coach. – What would he have said? Tell me! Some situations call for playing the fool. I am sure he wanted to say something else or more about his decision to quit, but he decided to be the wise one.Comments Tags: Irene KiizaSebastien DesabreUganda Craneslast_img read more

Grassroots football cannot be allowed to suffer because of FAI failings – Cllr Doherty

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has called on the FAI to ‘get their house in order’ before grassroots football is made to suffer in the county. Cllr Gary Doherty made the comments today following remarks made by Minister Shane Ross that grant funding to the FAI may now come under threat.Speaking today, Cllr Doherty said: “The Sports Minister Shane Ross has told the FAI it will not be eligible for new capital sports grants unless it provides answers to Sport Ireland’s questions around corporate governance arising from John Delaney’s €100,000 loan to the association. “This follows the shocking revelations which emerged over the weekend around John Delaney’s spending on an FAI credit card and his shameful and shambolic appearance before an Oireachtas committee last week.“It is absolutely right and proper that the FAI Board is reconstituted and the financial dealings of the FAI are subject to a full and rigorous corporate governance review.“John Delaney must also be removed from any role in the FAI for the good of football in this Country, and he cannot be allowed to hide behind the ‘yes-men’ in the FAI and official Ireland who would try and cover for his failings.“However, grassroots football must not be allowed to suffer because of the ineptitude of those at the top in the FAI,” he added. “We hear today from Minister Ross that Sports Capital Grants will now be under threat, and for us in Donegal that brings the spotlight on the new Finn Harps Stadium.“Harps have been waiting for some time for the development of the new stadium, and it was brilliant to receive news that the Stadium would finally be progressing last year.“Last July, the Department of Sport announced a €304,000 grant towards the restart of the stadium build. The rest of the project is to be funded through Government and FAI grants, as well as matching funding from the club,” Doherty said.“In addition, clubs right across Donegal from Ulster Senior League level right through the Donegal Leagues have benefited from and rely on this grant funding for the maintenance and development of club facilities.“This funding is now in serious doubt unless the FAI can get their house in order. “I am appealing to those with influence in the organisation to act now before ordinary clubs and supporters are forced to suffer again.”Grassroots football cannot be allowed to suffer because of FAI failings – Cllr Doherty was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We must teach children how to be entrepreneurs

first_imgSouth Africa must teach innovation and entrepreneurship to schoolchildren; in the new world of work, problem solvers, collaborators and flexible creative thinkers will be most in demand.We need more creative thinkers says CIPC Commissioner Rory Voller. (Image: GCIS)The world does not need more lawyers; it needs dreamers who will do extraordinary things. The world of work is being re-imagined, and South Africa needs to teach its youth to be more innovative, more entrepreneurial to make create a sustainable and growing economy.Advocate Rory Voller is sitting in a boardroom at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) head office in Pretoria. As commissioner he is responsible for setting the agenda for the institution. He believes strongly that we need to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in children.“Young people need to be shown; they need to understand the possibilities. Like I say to kids, don’t only think about being a lawyer, and don’t only think about being a doctor. The world is moving; there is something called the fourth industrial revolution, which is about new technology and being a disruptor. There are too many lawyers out there — I know. I am one.”The commissioner believes that schoolchildren need to be taught how to create the kind of companies that will provide long-lasting employment in an environment that will be totally different from the one in which their parents make a living.He wants children to leave high school innovation-ready. He believes, and advocates, that children should receive lessons in critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, and that they should be inspired to become entrepreneurial. When he says this he means they must be able to think critically and creatively. They need to be financially responsible and to understand the value of teamwork.“We can’t do what we need to do on our own.” (Image: GCIS)CollaborationCollaboration is something in which the commissioner believes strongly. He is sitting in a boardroom at the national office of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Invest SA One Stop Shop. A few weeks prior the new space was overrun by schoolchildren, guests of the CIPC for a World Intellectual Property Day event. Each year, 26 April is set aside to celebrate the role of intellectual property in stimulating innovation and creativity.Over the next year, working with the Department of Science and Technology, the Innovation Hub and the National Intellectual Property Management Office (Nipmo), the CIPC is rolling out a programme to entrench the idea of innovation in children.“We do a lot of work in the university space because that is where a lot of research and development takes place but we need to start encouraging it earlier. The way that I think we do it, and we are playing catch up, there is an organisation called the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo) which has developed a programme on the full spectrum of innovation for schoolchildren, on innovation in general. We are looking at their curriculum.“We work closely with Science and Technology. We work closely with Nipmo and the Innovation Hub. We are rolling out a programme in partnership with Science and Technology working with schoolchildren. We’re starting out this whole issue of entrenching innovation among kids,” Voller says.It is about education and changing culture, he says. Thinking back to the children he spoke to at the World Intellectual Property Day event, he says many did not know that the Kreepy Krauly and Pratley Putty were South African inventions. “Some did not know that the first heart transplant was performed in South Africa. Some were surprised to hear that South Africa has produced an entrepreneur such as Elon Musk, a man busy disrupting multiple industries.”New skills for a new worldThere will always be a need for doctors and lawyers, but the people who will best adapt to the new reality of work will need to be problem solvers, collaborators and flexible creative thinkers. As Philip Mendes of Wipo says, to be successful in the knowledge economy you need more than just accounting, finance and management tools. “Just as the education system will equip them by teaching them accounting, finance and management tools etc, so also the education system needs to teach them about intellectual property tools as well.”A grounding built on an entrepreneurial education will benefit students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Entrepreneurship education is not just about starting and running a company; it teaches students to think ambitiously and creatively. Children learn to think outside the box and it nurtures unconventional skills and abilities. It helps youth to tap into unrealised talents.Innovation and entrepreneurship have high failure rates, and eight out of every 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months. For this reason South Africa has among the lowest entrepreneurial rates in the world. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South African Report 2015/16, 40.9 % of South Africans can identify a good opportunity, but only one in 10 act on it.Entrepreneurship education in schools will encourage South African youth to take risks and make mistakes — lessons that are vital to breeding ingenuity. Studying entrepreneurship will force children to think outside the box, to learn that failure is okay and to persist; these are lessons that will inspire them to become creative, inventive and innovative.As Albert Einstein once said: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more