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Successful Launch Of The Knowledge Channel Education Initiative For Africa
The 29th of March saw the launch of The Knowledge Channel (TKC) – the much needed learning tool for diversity students and professionals across the United Kingdom.
The Channel’s biggest mission which was also announced at their press launch at the Ghanaian High Commission in Belgrave was its entry into the African markets planned later this year via Nigeria and Ghana.
The Knowledge Channel a London based, UK incorporated not-for-profit organisation seeks to empower African and Caribbean youth and professionals worldwide for high paced careers at the higher echelons of the corporate sphere. This project is well overdue. Today in the UK unemployment stands at 2.67 million people, more than half between the age of 16 and 25, Furthermore black male youth, face a 55% unemployment statistic. And with the economy as strained as it is, only the best and the brightest are able to compete for jobs in the Financial services and Consulting sector.
The Knowledge Channel is bridging this gap by providing free e-training resources to this demographic as well as free quarterly workshops held in conjunction with industry partners such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch and University College London that provide practical professional development advice.
Statistics aside, the event was a success featuring some well known faces in the African and Caribbean community here in the UK. Tim Campbell, winner of the inaugural British Apprentice was in attendance and delivered a thought provoking account of the status quo and how The Knowledge Channel fits in it. Another well known Apprentice winner, Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng, who won the series’ Africa series of the show was also in attendance. Memorable Apprentice candidate Edna Do Rosario Martins, who is a chartered business psychologist and consultant also spoke at the event on the effectiveness of the Channel’s training programmes and resources. The RMD, a well known Nigerian actor, entrepreneur and politician was at the event as well. A key patron and supporter of the Channel’s mission, Ghanaian High Commissioner,H.E. Dr. Kwaku Danso-Boafo opened the event. Other notable attendees include Nigerian High Commissioner and [add after event].
Africa is the Channel’s next frontier as announced at the press launch. According to founder and director, Hannah Acquah ‘TKC is also aware of the many training organisations in the UK, as compared to the few training organisations across Africa and decided to make Africa our primary focus, especially as there is great need to train and empower 600 million Africans currently below the age of 25 years old’. The Knowledge Channel will be launching in Ghana and Nigeria later this year to enter the African market with subsequent projects planned in South Africa.
“It is a great project, immense in fact. However, the Knowledge Channel along with its partners are committed to seeing it become a reality while identifying an effective solution to train and directly empower students and young professionals, yet make it captivating and accessible is what is now known as The Knowledge Channel”, said Ms Acquah.