Sierra Leone-base non-governmental organisation; Craving for Development in
collaboration with Gambia Investment Enterprise Promotion Agency (GiEPA),
Saturday launched The Ignition Hour project, at Metzy Residence Hotel in
The Ignition Hour project is a social entrepreneurship and soft skill platform aimed at fostering the exchange of ideas and initiatives among young people and equipping them with required skills to pursue their career.
In-country manager of the project, Lucy Samah said from high school, most of the young people would rush to pick up entrepreneurial works and as such, The Ignition Hour project will be effective for them because they need entrepreneurs to look up to.
Aminata Kane Balde, initiator of the project said the project was born out of the urge to assist young Africans to take their fellow Africans as role models and desist from critics of regressive situations triggered by governments’ ineptitude.
She said young people are the catalysts of transformation in the locality but often they wait on the government to make great deals for them. “The project will capacitate inspiring young entrepreneurs who are doing well in their respective settings.”
Balde highlighted that the project offers “soft skills” training for young people who are at the “crossroads” of their career to be able to network and market their initiatives to their counterparts, quarterly career development courses to train and track their progression and have access to funding.
Momodou Drammeh, director of enterprise support at GiEPA described the project as a groundbreaker, saying it is a project through which Africans will be supported and assisted by Africans. “GiEPA partnered with The Ignition Hour project mainly because it seeks to trim down the unemployment rate in the country.”