Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has started a two-year programme on innovation and entrepreneurship to create jobs and deliver better outcomes for graduates from the country’s educational institutions.

The MIT is rolling out the programme, known as the Regional Entrepreneurs Accelerated Programme (REAP), in collaboration with the Ghana National Service Secretariat (NSS), youth programmes, the private sector and academia.

A statement issued by the REAP Ghana team said the programme started with an initial workshop, to be followed by three more over the next two years, adding that REAP was targeted at young graduates and unemployed young people.

Actions to be taken during and after the programme include realigning national resources and institutions to deliver effective support for the youth.

According to the MIT REAP team, “it has been impressed with Ghana's human capital and is eager to make our journey and outcomes a model for other developing countries”.


The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said at the inauguration of the programme in Accra: “This initiative is overdue and a priority of the government. We have human capital, and by working with the best, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will deliver prosperity to all Ghanaians by providing opportunities for all our young people.”

The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, is championing the Ghana REAP team working through the NSS.


Cities and countries that are collaborating with MIT on similar initiatives under the REAP programme include London, Madrid, Hebron, Lagos, Melbourne, Glasgow, Russia and Ecuador.

The rest are Lebanon, Singapore, Morocco, King Abdullah Economic City and Japan.

The programme taps into MIT’s world-renowned capabilities of leveraging learnings from other countries, as well as the rigour associated with this world-class institution.

According to a statement issued in Accra, it was the first time the collective leadership of youth programmes was being reengineered to make them 'fit for purpose'.

Other agencies expected to benefit from this project initiative include the National Youth Authority, the Youth Employment Agency, the National Board for Small-Scale Industries and the National Vocational Training Institute.



The Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo has outlined eight strategies the government is employing to combat the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the country.

The Senior Minister in an address at the International Youth Day celebrations at the Osu Castle gardens on Friday said the NPP has outlined a number of programmes that seek to decentralise development.

According to him, policies such as the government's agricultural flagship programme "Planting for Food and Jobs", "One District, One Factory" and "One Village, One Dam," were some of the initiatives to tackle youth unemployment.

"We want to create opportunities for all Ghanaians, to safeguard the natural environment and ensure resilient built environment, we must maintain a stable, united and civil society and you constitute the key for that stability," Mr Osafo Maafo said in a keynote address delivered at the event.

"If you decide to be violent, we are all in trouble but I know you wouldn't and we should create a situation that you are not tempted to even be violent.

"The following will be pursued to create the needed jobs for the youth; government's agricultural flagship programme "Planting for Food and Jobs" but when you look at the detail of it the number of warehouses that we are creating to store surpluses that itself is a very major source of job creation... Distributing these involves a lot of job creation, Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), A cedi equivalent of $1million dollars for each constituency," he added.

He also listed the "One District, One Factory", "One Village, One Dam", Small Business Development and a stimulus package of $50 million for ail.

The Senior Minister also urged the youth not to be disappointed or despondent because the NPP has the best youth policies that will create the necessary environment for youth empowerment.

He also urged the youth to consider exploring avenues in areas such as tourism to create their own jobs.


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