Speaking at the virtual signing ceremony Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama, Regional Director for WOSM Africa said that “
We are delighted to champion youth entrepreneurship through a strategic partnership between Scouting and the Academia. This partnership provides a framework to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of young people. It will open up unique spaces for innovation and incubation for many great ideas by thousands of passionate, skilled and ambitious young people in the region as they contribute towards realizing the SDGs.”
José María Luzarraga PhD, Co-Founder of the MTA, LEINN and International Leader at Mondragon University Entrepreneurship Unit expressed his excitement about the partnership saying that,
“For us, this is the beginning of a long term strategic relationship towards the development of entrepreneurship programmes and methodologies to serve African youth. We bring our over 20 years’ experience in disruptive innovation education to support the Scout Movement in Africa to develop entrepreneurial initiatives in a social innovation ecosystem that will spur more change agents.”
The five-year partnership will see MU/MTA provide support for the development and certification of the Scouts Entrepreneurship Training Programme, provision of mentorship and coaching support to the participating young people. They will also provide technical support in setting up and managing the Scouts Entrepreneurship Fund (Seed Fund) as well as the establishment of five zonal SCOUTS-MU/MTA Entrepreneurship Clubs to promote entrepreneurship education based on the MU/MTA model.
Development of digital resources necessary for young people to adapt and survive in the future labor market will also be prioritized alongside maximizing youth educational opportunities presented by the programmes and events of both WOSM Africa and MU/MTA. The partners will also create campaigns on entrepreneurship education and promotion of the activities of the cooperation alongside mobilization of resources to support implementation of the partnership activities.
Through this collaboration an initial 135 Scouts and leaders from across Africa will be equipped with entrepreneurship skills to start and run small-scale enterprises and contribute directly to the reduction of poverty among youth.
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About Mondragon University / Mondragon Team Academy (MU/MTA)
MU/MTA is a cooperative university, founded in 1997 and officially recognized under Act 4/1997 of 30 May. Mondragon Team Academy (MTA) is an international community of changemaker entrepreneurs implementing an educational model adapted to the new way society is organized that encourages teampreneurship through experimentation. The learning model focuses on a Team Learning by Creating methodology, in which the students are not taught about entrepreneurship, but are given the tools and opportunities to set up their own ventures. MTA is currently made up of +1500 entrepreneurs in teams, with +80 team companies created and 13 MTA labs worldwide. MU/MTA has its offices located in Irun, Basque Country, Spain. Find out more about Mondragon University at mondragon.edu and the Mondragon Team Academy at mtaworld.com.
About the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Africa Region (WOSM Africa)
WOSM Africa is a branch of World Scouting responsible for fostering the Scout movement in