From Theory to Practice
Universities in developed as well as developing countries are embracing entrepreneurship education. However, the picture is not rosy when considering entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa. Very often, entrepreneurship education differs less from education in other traditional fields. Moreover, the lack of qualified faculty has rendered the situation relatively bleak. Hence, the purpose of this Symposium in to engage the dialog of making entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa more practical. In so doing, the Symposium builds on the expertise of world-class entrepreneurship educators and scholars and practitioners.
The Symposium is sponsored by the College of Business at Delaware State University, Seeka University, a start-up university devoted to teaching entrepreneurship, engineering and technology in Ivory Coast and RDA Associates Africa. The Symposium includes six tracks:
Entrepreneurship pedagogies are the main focus of the Symposium that intends to highlight the hands-on aspect of entrepreneurship education. The section will explore several teaching tools and strategies. These active learning pedagogies include experiential exercises, ideation exercises, case studies, entrepreneurship practicum, and problem-based pedagogies.
Panelists: Richard Hayes, Hofstra University; Vincent Enyamah, Babson College; Manu Franklyn, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
Moderator: Constant D. Beugre, Delaware State University
This panel focuses on entrepreneurship education from the perspective of students. Students will share their experiences as learners and focus on exemplary practices.
Panelists: Students from Morgan State, Lagos Business School, African Leadership University and Johns Hopkins University
This section continues from Pedagogies I and incorporates learning pedagogies, such as action learning, storytelling, drama and fire camps are used to emphasize the practice of teaching of entrepreneurship.
Panelists: Lutisha Vickerie-Dearman, Hofstra University, Peter Kibas, Zetech University, Kenya, Henry McKoy, North Carolina Central University, Tigineh Mersha, University of Baltimore
Entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa should and must be holistic and be performed beyond formal classrooms. Indeed, the informal selector is an important part if not the most important sector of most economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, any entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa should not overlook this sector. Likewise, entrepreneurship education should also embrace the social sector. Sub-Saharan Africa is a land rich in arts and culture yet, entrepreneurship education has not paid a particular attention to this sector. This Symposium embraces the integration of arts and culture in entrepreneurship education. The aim is to foster existing and the creation of new ventures promoting African art and culture.
Panelists: Alexandre Kouakou, Founder & CEO, Nvauley Construction, Ivory Coast, Ezra Aharone, Delaware State University, B.David. Zoogah, Xavier University and Africa Academy of Management
Moderator: Fikru Boghossian, Morgan State University
According to the statistics from the United Nations, more than 70% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is below 35 years old. Hence, entrepreneurship education aimed at transforming these young people into job creators rather than job seekers is of paramount importance. The same is true for women who represent the large number of entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the informal sector. The session explores the various considerations, techniques and methodologies of teaching entrepreneurship to this population.
Panelists: Tiffany Bussey, Morehouse College, Jennifer Mwijukye, Unifreight Cargo Handling, Uganda, Desta Meghoo, African Union
Moderator: Rebkha Atnafou-Boyer, Johns Hopkins University & RDA Associates Africa
Senior Lecturer, Technical University
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Zetech University Dean of School of Business and Economics
Professor of Management
Department of Management and International Business
Professor of Practice, Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business
Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Hofstra University
Dean of the School of Business and Management, Morgan State University
Executive Director, Africa Trade Desk