UWC’s Brand new STEP Programme launches
The atmosphere was electric in the Jakes Gerwel Hall at the launch of the much-anticipated Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) programme which aims to strengthen entrepreneurship at universities – especially in countries of the Global South.
The programme was launched at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) last Thursday, 11 August 2022.
“Today, we are standing up for new ideas! For a better tomorrow!” said Abraham Olivier, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, during his closing remarks. “For ways to reduce graduate unemployment and for silos to be broken down.”
Oliver was addressing a host of dignitaries from the business and education sectors, the South African and German Commissions for UNESCO, and a group of excited students. He encouraged students to take full advantage of the many benefits STEP will offer them.
UWC dedicated to care and support for teaching and learning
Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) is a regional initiative adopted by the member states of the Southern African Development Community. The initiative has been developed to realise the educational rights of children and build human capital for sustainable development by ensuring that every school becomes a site of transformational, quality and inclusive education.
Recently the University of the Western Cape (UWC) was invited to be a partner in a research programme launched by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and MIET (Africa) in collaboration with the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) and the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT).
The research programme aims to contribute specifically to growing the knowledge and evidence base of CSTL; building leadership and implementation capacity for CSTL; and strengthening the system for effective delivery of school-based care and support services.
EMS Faculty hosts Women’s Month webinar series in support of women entrepreneurs
During Women’s Month, the Faculty of Economic Management Sciences (EMS) focus on entrepreneurship education. Researchers isolated three key obstacles for small business owners: finanwill host panel discussions to address these issues. The event will focus on working collaboratively with small business owners who have been left in the cold.
There will be a particular focus on women entrepreneurs and their ability to kick start a business idea or to get support, whether it is from investors or financial institutions. Women in the peri-urban or the rural parts of our country face even more challenges than women entrepreneurs in urban cities, with poverty levels being much higher in the rural parts of our country. According to StatsSA (2017), the poverty headcount is 81.3% compared to 40.7% in urban areas.