Dr Taddy Blecher BIO
 
Dr Taddy Blecher is the Chairman of the SA National Government task team on Entrepreneurship & Job Creation in the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa, as well as the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association, the Maharishi Institute and the broad-based Black Economic Empowerment fund: Community & Individual Development Trust.
 
In his national entrepreneurship role for South Africa Taddy has achieved:
1.      Entrepreneurship will be included in the curriculum for every child from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in all provinces of South Africa.  Over 12 million young South Africans will learn about this critical field of economic opportunity in theory and in practice on an annual basis
2.      Entrepreneurship education will be included for one million youth per year going through the technical and vocational College system
3.      A new national portal for entrepreneurship is being developed under the Department of Trade and Industry, and a national virtual incubator to reach any number of small businesses through internet-enabled mobile devices is being built. This includes:
a.      Free website initiative together with Google, that has assisted 65,000 South African firms to have a website
b.      Free MBA, BBA, PDM, and Certificate in Management, including all books, curriculum, video lectures, manuals, mock exams, etc, that has been accessed by 500,000 South Africans
c.      A financing tool accessible my mobile phone to assist every business to gain access to public or private sector financing
4.      A new national Council on Entrepreneurship is being created (alongside the new Small Business Development Ministry)
 
Dr Blecher co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson, where over 4,500 individuals have been trained and assisted with building businesses. The Branson Centre based on the success in South Africa, has been replicated in Jamaica and in the UK.
 
Taddy is known as a pioneer of the free tertiary education movement in South Africa, having helped to create six free access institutions of higher learning out of nothing, as well as inspiring the creation of three other institutions. He also serves on the British Government Task Team for the reinvention of higher education and skills development, as well as the Italian Government – South African Government business chamber board.
 
He has raised over R500 million in cash, property and equity to support free access to post-secondary school education. As a result, over 14,250 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth now have combined salaries in excess of R700 million p.a. and expected life-time earnings of R17 billion. Over 600 000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.
Taddy is consistently working on developing sustainable means to help unemployed youth in South Africa gain access to transferable skills through education, training, jobs, entrepreneurship, and careers, thereby breaking the poverty cycle.
Dr Blecher has been honoured with a number of awards, including: the 2002 World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award, a 2005 World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader of the World", a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur winning a $1 million prize for his work, an Ashoka Fellowship, and has been honoured with two honorary doctorates.  In 2009 he was named by author Tom Peters as one of his top 5 most influential entrepreneurs in the world over the last 30 years.
A qualified actuary and management consultant, Dr Blecher is passionate about the approach of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education developing the full potential of every student. This has led the Maharishi Institute to winning the first prize in a global competition to find the most innovative education initiative in the world in October 2010.

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how do we edit googledocs or something similar in china

typical questions

1 is there any there any way left to celebrate mandela's (and gandhi in africa) life curriculum given nobel peace summit in cape town cancelled by politics between dalai lama, china and african governments

2 is there any better jobs-led curriculum process (and partners eg branson, google, mandela extranet) than curricula fr 7th graders developed by first 10000 alumni of africa's free university for pr youth/black leaders

amrita  says nothing causes degradation to social innovation more than separation of science and spirituality- is this the same whole truth as Gandhi and mandela alumni explore

background

median age leaving school in s africa 7th grade

a major google commitment to blecher partnerships is to develop virtual side of any SME that proves to be good at offering teenagers apprenticeship

together samara (yazmi.com) and blecher have nearly 50 years experience of open learning channel partnerships to jobs rich education for millennials and empowering poorest across continents of Africa and Asia

hoping that when taddy walks into yazmi meeting room, the first message of the flipboard is the same as noah greeted you alizee- 

if china wants to joyfully lead development of millennials world let every child see choice of curriculum most empowering their lives - 

easy to do if everyone uses yazmi to maximise education of children to be productive to their hearts content

best to all chris macrae dc mobile 240 316 8157

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recalling a year ago, during africa summit dc

From: Taddy Blecher 
To: christopher macrae <chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk> 
Cc: "dbaxter ip3 
Sent: Saturday, 2 August 2014, 6:00
Subject: Re: introducing david baxter and taddy blecher

Dear Chris,  so great to meet David.  David, IP3 looks very fascinating.  We are big believers in PPP's, and are doing major work in SA to reach many millions of kids as Chris has stated below through such partnerships.
Please let me know if you'll ever be in SA soon and it would be great to get together.
Very best
Taddy

On Friday, August 1, 2014, christopher macrae a rel="nofollow" shape="rect" target="_blank" href="mailto:chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk">chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
dear taddy
I met david today during dc's week of celebrating africa - at one of the 2 main events on youth and the future of africa's development- david is a director of the institute for public-private partnership www.ip3.org in DC
david's stories on south africa's desire to change the world and education as a way forward seemed to be extraordinary potential match with your work
dear david - the 2-page attachment summarises taddy's next step to take missing curriculum of entrepreneurship, empowerment and financial literacy to 14 million school children having first connected the first 5000 graduates of his free university of entrepreneurship which began in 1999 and has become a magnet for exciting partners like branson, and google 
previously from yvonne and elikias team at world bank
Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Subject: Pertinent Issues and Recommendations from Africa Youth Forum 2014 (July 31, 2014)
To: wbgimfyoungafricansociety
Cc: enenkamykirabo


Introduction

The World Bank Group-IMF Young African Society, with the support of the AFRVP, organized and hosted last week’s inaugural Africa Youth Forum which was held at the World Bank on July 31, 2014. The Summit was attended by Jin Yong Cai, Vice president of The World Bank Group (WBG) and CEO of IFC; Makhtar Diop, Vice president of Africa Region, WBG; representatives of EDS13 and EDS25, Senior Staff at the World Bank Group (Claudia Maria Costin, Senior Director for Education, WBG; Robert Hunja, Director for Governance Practice, WBG; Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director for Trade and Competitiveness, WBG; and Vera Songwe, Country Director for Senegal, WBG); Government officials such as his Excellency Mamadou Diarra, Minister of Youth and Civic Education of Mali; Mrs King-Akirele, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia; members of the State Department such as   Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For African Affairs; 70 YALI fellows (Young African Leaders Initiative); Mamadou Toure, President of  Africa 2.0; and representatives of the Youth from the Washington Metropolitan Area. Comments were received live from online participants.

Based on the rich and fruitful discussions from the event, this memorandum seeks to: (i) memorialize and crystallize the most pertinent issues affecting African youth today in the areas of entrepreneurship and employment, education, health, and good governance; and (ii) recommend possible solutions and plans of action.

For the purpose of this forum, we considered youth to the age group ranging between 15 and 35 years old.
(See attached file: YAS Recommendations general.pdf)
Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship · Some data: According to a survey done by ILO in 2012 (see annexes for more details), young people were asked why they could not find jobs; 28% of them said they looked but couldn't find anything and 29% said they don't feel like they are prepared/ have the work experience for the job they want. 8 in 10 jobs are in the informal sector.

· Governments across Africa need to recognize the fact that recent research findings (World Development Report) show that in the next 15 years, the global economy needs to create 600 million new jobs to keep up with the world’s population growth. The failure to deal with the challenge of chronic unemployment and intense poverty can be the source of social and political instability.

· Strengthening domestic markets is key for job creation and to the development of a middle class in Africa. The private sector should be given the enabling environment to thrive and grow locally so as to take its place as the driver of employment creation and allow the youth in our countries to feel that their future is in Africa.

· There is a need to re-conceptualize the approach to entrepreneurship in Africa. Emphasis needs to be placed on innovation and the deployment of today’s resources to creating businesses capable of solving developmental challenges in Africa.

· A balanced approach to youth employment requires the development of the formal and informal sector with emphasis on boasting the skill sets of the informal sector through the training and empowerment of youths that are involved in this sector. The promotion of entrepreneurship should form the agenda for the dialogue on youth employment and empowerment with all efforts geared towards creating cohesion between policy and practice. Entrepreneurship should not be seen as the solution to all problems in the region but any strategy should incorporate it. The challenge remains the adequacy between academic training and the market’s demands.

· Local governments should create more accessible platforms to boost information flow and data and discussions between youth and government officials, development partners and the private sector.

· So far, social entrepreneurship is one of the most effective concept, where youths come together to address social issues or advocate for their peers (inmate empowerment, orphans, etc.). Youths’ dynamism could help gear the government into developing this area of focus.

· Technology and innovation should be highly considered as important tools for market assessment and screening. Various examples in Asia demonstrate the ingenuity of young people in various fields. Using technology in the private sector can advance the development of African countries, by providing needed services in innovative ways while making profit (please refer to the annexes on youth employment from ILO for more details).

Education
· There is a need for stakeholders (donors, governments, civil society organizations and the private sectors) to promote investment in education, in order to prevent the perpetuation of poverty. Investment in education here, involves not just formal education but also informal education with emphasis on vocational education, basing parameters of success on results and outcomes.

· In advancing the issue of educational empowerment, there is the need for a strategic approach to promote the acquisition of skills that equip African youths for effective leadership. The education of African youths must be approached from a holistic rather a narrow perspective of just academics.

· There should be a conscious effort to create a smooth transition from school to work. Efforts need to be focused on how to gear education towards empowering the youths with the relevant knowledge that they can apply in solving societal needs and challenges.

· Despite budgetary constraints, there should be a conscious effort on the part of government to invest wisely in education based on the peculiar needs and challenges of the community. Developmental expectations must be matched or anchored on adequate preparation and planning based on accurate and cogent data.


Health · Access to adequate health services and facilities continues to be a major problem in Africa.  High rates of HIV/AIDS, exposure to environmental hazards, and stigma of mental health need particular attention.

· Proactive and preventative approaches are needed towards disease, as opposed to emergency reactive approaches.  For example, in the case of epidemic outbreaks such as Ebola.

· Mental health is an issue that should be taken more seriously by governments and it is also part of the issue of motivation in Africa. Social determinants of mental health are same of other issues: adequate housing, good quality of education, good wages (young people), and equitable access to health care. Mental health should be part of our educational programs.

· Governments need to re-prioritize health, as it is an investment into human capital.  Infrastructure investment alone, without a healthy, educated workforce and populace, will not yield the desired development and modernity African countries are striving for.


Good Governance · Youth engagement is crucial to good governance, as the youth will be the future leaders – they must take on challenges of corruption, job creation, and natural resource management.  Need for more transparent and youth inclusive governance policies in sub-Saharan Africa.

· Technology could serve as a mean to strengthen governance on the continent. Integrating technology to provide accessible data is needed to measure impacts and progress and address the lack of accountability.

· Governments and political parties should encourage African youth to become stakeholders, take action, and participate in the decision making processes of their countries.


Next Steps
The World Bank Group-IMF Young African Society looks forward to working closely with the World Bank Group and IMF to use the preceding issues and recommendations as a starting point to develop a formal agenda and action plan,, geared towards the uplift of African youth.  It is our hope that we can empower African youth by isolating the issues they face and formulating effective solutions by leveraging all of the available resources, networks, and expertise at our disposal. The WBG-IMF Young African Society proposes to organize its next Youth Forum during the annual meetings in order to discuss the conclusions that have been made both from the Africa Youth Forum on July 31st 2014 and the Africa Summit on August 5th and 6th 2014.

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