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Entrepreneurship Education in South Africa recently got a boost with the support of the Free State SME Development Initiative to the Department of Education in the Free State Province. The Department of Education is seeking to introduce new materials for class room teachers to allow them to teach entrepreneurship in a more practical and experiential manner.

Unemployment rates in South Africa stand at 25 percent and are even higher for young people in the Free State at close to 30 percent. Many youth therefore enter a labour market that is not able to absorb the high number of entrants each year. Formal employment opportunities remain scarce. Entrepreneurship education is therefore an important strategy to prepare learners for the transition from school to the world of work.

The National Curriculum Statement aims to produce learners that are able to:

  • Identify and solve problems and make decisions using creative thinking
  • Work effectively as individuals and with others as members of a team
  • Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes

In addition to these general learning outcomes, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Business Studies aim to ensure that learners:

  • Acquire and apply essential business knowledge, skills and principles to productively and profitably conduct business in changing business environments
  • Create business opportunities, creatively solve problems and take risks, respecting the rights of others and environmental sustainability
  • Apply basic leadership and management skills and principles while working with others to accomplish business goals
  • Are motivated, self-directed, reflective lifelong learners who responsibly manage themselves and their activities while working towards business goals
  • Are committed to developing themselves and others through business opportunities and ventures
  • Are able to secure formal employment, and are in a position to pursue sustainable entrepreneurial and self-employment career pathways

In support of these goals the Free State Department of Education has requested the support of the ILO to pilot the KAB curriculum in 70 schools across the Free State province. A first training of subject advisors and educators took place in Bloemfontein from 7-11 May 2012. This workshop focussed on aligning the KAB curriculum with the CAPS for Business Studies and to introduce subject advisors and educators to the contents and experiential learning methodology of the KAB programme. Next steps will be to train class room teachers of Grade 10 and 11 with the subject advisors.

learners strategizing

The participants in the 7-11 May workshop were: Vivian George Stadhauer, Palesa Eunice Booi, Mthonjeni Alfred Msimanga, Medupe Shadrack Mmui, Josephine Busisiwe Dlamini, Lehlohonolo Philemon Isaac Mokhele, Bernhard  Botha, Moleboheng Lydia Lenkie Rambuda, Liesel  Scheepers, Tankiso Regina Nhlapo, Liziwe Mandisa Magadla, Molehadi Sefo, Charity Tshithlo, Thabang Jeremia Nkokoto, Mbuti Simon Lingani, Sylvia Kotoyi, Tshegofatso Eister, Eleftheria de Villiers, Annamarie Mostert, Nelia de Villiers, Winnie Sereeco, Juliet Anne Williamson, Tinah Mnumzana.


The workshop was facilitated by Professor Robert Nelson and Jens Dyring Christensen both International Key Facilitators of the KAB programme.

Facilitators, Trainers and Promoters Trained: 25

Mr. Andreas Klemmer, Senior Enterprise Development Specialist, ILO Pretoria, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jens Dyring Christensen, Chief Technical Advisor, Free State SME Development Initiative and KAB International Key Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Peter Tomlinson - Programme Manager Enterprise Development, ITC/ILO / Italy; KAB International Key Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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* Note: all data above refers to the information available as of May, 2012. The figures can actually be slightly larger than presented.



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