Over 1,000 Gauteng students to learn entrepreneurship skills

High school students will be able to develop their entrepreneurial skills at the Sci-Bono Discovery Center.

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  • The Sci-Bono Discovery Center will allow more than 1,000 high school students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
  • The organization will do this through an entrepreneurship multi-certification program.
  • The program will be offered in 18 schools across the province.

More than 1,000 high school students in Gauteng have had the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills through the addition of a multiple certification program in entrepreneurship as an extramural course.

The program is managed by the Sci-Bono Discovery Center in Newtown, Johannesburg. It will reach 1,230 students in grades 8 to 11 in 18 schools, and another 100 students remotely.

Anele Davids, Acting Director of Operations at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, said:

Many young people do not see themselves as entrepreneurs, although they earn pocket money, for example by sewing, repairing cars and braiding their friends’ hair.

“However, these are the seeds of businesses that can grow well, prosper, provide income to their founders and create jobs. The Integrated Entrepreneurship Program aims to transform budding entrepreneurs into the business leaders of tomorrow. Davids added.

As part of the program, students will receive hands-on experience in running their mini-businesses, financial knowledge, and job skills training.

“In the first phase of the Integrated Entrepreneurship Program, participants learn how to set savings goals, develop a bankable business plan, apply for grants, and start their business (including the essentials, such as such as business registration, tax compliance, and filing stewardship reports). They learn about financial transactions, investments, and budgeting,” the Sci-Bono Discovery Center said in a statement.

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Davids stressed the importance for young people to see themselves as entrepreneurs and job creators rather than job seekers.

“We see these young people everywhere, in all of our communities: young people with latent potential who simply need formal entrepreneurial guidance to turn their talents and interests into a thriving business,” Davids said.

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