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What can be done to eliminate unemployment in a poor country?

The elitist education system is the problem as it condemns the majority to unemployment. There are no adequate avenues to engage those who do not make the grades to proceed with education or training institutions. I have been toying with idea of compulsory national service for youth who have attained the age of 18 years before joining University or employment. That would delay their joining job market if they do not go for further studies or training for two years. The economy should also be growing at a fast enough rate to absorb those who terminate Education at various stages. The youth service would also be an expensive proposition. This is one problem. Are there successful models out there that can be replicated to address this problem?

  • A Namu

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    Oct 22 2011: Thank you Mr. Cop. Perhaps you are suggesting the problem is one of underemployment not unemployment? You are partly right. But we are looking also at unhealthy attitude towards work by many of the youth whereby they have been socialized to consider say manual labor as slavery and therefore demeaning. Such youth spend their time at public places doing absolutely nothingproductive. I guess therefore there is need to examine values that are passed on to the young people and overhaul education caricula etc etc. I agree changing valuation of work by including aspects that are not traditionally counted may reduce the figures we consider unemployed. But this is still not enough. Volunteering to work for the community and be remunerated in kind, say given food or an item of clothing etc. I also agree the latter may help. Thank you very much for your suggestions.
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    Oct 21 2011: If you are talking about Kenya, I believe we need to totally re-engineer the whole society, not just the education sector. But do we have courageous leadership for such a challenging undertaking?
    • A Namu

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      Oct 21 2011: Yes. Kenya it is. We have many positives but courageous leadership is not one of them. However conditions are ripe for emergence of such leadership. Otherwise, the so called Arab Spring will extend to be an African nightmare. The many youths you see lounging in market centers throughout the country need to be gainfully engaged. A solution is urgently needed. Courageous leadership is a good place to start. Thanks.
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        Oct 21 2011: The fact that you and I are asking ourselves these questions is a step in the right direction. The leadership and the change we are yearning for is YOU and I. WE are the change if we will be courageous.
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    Oct 20 2011:
    Try alternative currencies...

    I think there is enough work for everybody. Even more work than that... It just doesn't get valued. But if you, on a local (or more global) scale value those things, you can create economy.

    Creating value is something everybody can do. Growing food, making tools, products, providing services.
    I think a lot of unemployment is in the eyes of people who think current money and market systems are all there is. It is not!
    You can work and make a contribution to your clan, community, society,... in a myriad of ways.
    Not getting money for it is not the problem. You can barter, help each other, bring in innovations,... even when unemployed. And be sure this will generate wealth. If not monetary, then in food, products or happiness...

    Why directing your eyes to a system that not necessarily takes you into account? Because it is mainstream or you learned to think that's the only way?

    I think you can come up with a lot of initiatives and projects that can help eliminate "unemployment" in your community.