Learners taught entrepreneurship

2017-06-13 06:03
Oude Molen Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Pinelands is part of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation. From left are Shiaib Hashim, Stephan Pretorius, Charles Maisel, Surur Samaai, Ameer Howell and Lydia Zingoni.

Oude Molen Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Pinelands is part of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation. From left are Shiaib Hashim, Stephan Pretorius, Charles Maisel, Surur Samaai, Ameer Howell and Lydia Zingoni.

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Oude Molen Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Pinelands is one of the schools to benefit from the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation.

The foundation educates high school learners about the benefits of entrepreneurship across the country.

It is now expanding its roll-out of entrepreneur societies to about 34 high schools across Cape Town.

One of the teachers at Oude Molen, Stephan Pretorius says they are happy to be part of the ­foundation.

He says the foundation is going to help learners in teaching to implement theory into practical.

“Many people have ideas but they do not know how to implement them. This is going to help them get started with being business minded,” says Pretorius.

SA Teen Entrepreneur’s founder and director, Lydia Zingoni, says: “[Last year] saw us testing the programme as a pilot project in eight high schools across Cape Town.

“At the heart of entrepreneurship is the identification of problems or challenges in our communities or environments, and finding creative solutions to turn these challenges into opportunities which can be profitable.”

She says they want participating learners to become self-sustainable in order to support themselves and their families, and even their broader communities through employment creation over time.

Zingoni says they are also pleased to report the sponsorship of different organisations as they have made it possible for 34 schools to benefit from the programme this year.

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