Lifeline for academic drop-outs!

Lifeline for academic drop-outs!

MASERU – IF you have dropped out of school for any reason and you find the going tough, please take heart.
Thanks to a new “manual” produced by Keketso Jonase on how you can find your way in the midst of economic challenges. Jonase is the former president of the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO.

Jonase told thepost this week that he intends to help youths start their own businesses. Through his manual, he intends to train and equip youths who for some reason did not proceed with school after Form E.
He said he intends to mould youths to become their own bosses.
Jonase can relate to these youths because he says he too did not complete his high school. He withdrew from school when he was in Form D.
He however managed to learn a skill as a plumber and survived at first by doing odd jobs.

“Most people who are successful and rich in business are Basotho people who did not complete their studies for different reasons. But today they are called heroes and winners,” he said.
Jonase said he founded the Oriels Mission after his first book published in 2013 called Bophelo ke’ng?
The book is about a boy who made a living out of nothing.

“After my first book called Bophelo ke’ng? I realised that the story of the boy who made a living out of nothing does not end only in the book but exists in this world,” Jonase said.
“There are more people who did not go to school or failed to take their education to the next level. These people have ideas that could bring life to them and make them successful in life although they might not be educated.”

He said he made liberal use of Basotho cultural games to facilitate the training because it is his belief that youths are familiar with the games and would easily relate the games to business.
“I used Basotho games such as liketoana, moraba-raba, libōkō and batsōmi to help most youths, especially illiterate ones to relate business to these games,” he said.
“In this manual, I figured out that with a game like Libōkō, it will help most in market research and Liketoana in costing and pricing,” he said.
He said they have already trained 30 youths and are willing to train more Basotho to make them successful in life.

Jonase said the Ministry of Small Businesses, Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Trade have all warmed up to his manual and have also pledged to support him.
He said he hopes to train more women than men to help them become independent financially.
“Per district, we are taking two women and one man for training as our plan is to empower more women than men,” he said.

Itumeleng Khoete

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