Chaudhary Muhammad Akram Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CMACED) has set an extraordinary example of students’ success through innovative teaching and training pedagogies.
The Startup Junior by Oh My Genius (OMG) – a kid’s entrepreneurship program is an absolute amalgamation of fun, learning and innovation. The spirit of OMG is to bring in a change at the grassroots level so that young minds may learn to dream, and are trained to make their dreams become reality.
Through OMG, all the private schools’ stakeholders identify their true entrepreneurial potential as this program fosters independent and positive thinking among the children who further identify opportunities, define their goals and take responsibilities to sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills.
Superior University Rector Dr Sumaira Rehman has brought an entrepreneurial revolution in Pakistan as she always emboldens the students with the essence of entrepreneurship and asserts that entrepreneurship is an act of developing a business while scaling it to generate profits. CMACED Deputy Director Muneeb Ahmed is the advisor of OMG while CAMCED PR & Outreach Assistant Director Tabinda Usman is the program leader.
This program will help the kids identify opportunities and inculcate strong belief in themselves and their abilities. OMG connects its partner schools to the industry gurus so that corporate linkages are redefined at the grass root levels.
In the Bootcamp, qualified trainers will engage the participant kids through various learning and entertaining activities which will improve their psychological capabilities towards an entrepreneurial mindset. The kids will get to work on cool projects, hands-on activities, engage in fun and developing real-world products. The camp will contain both non-tech and tech-based activities that will enable the kids to think out of the box and to be ready to take steps towards their future aims and goals.
As per the latest National Human Development Report by UNDP, Pakistan is going through a ‘youth bulge’ where more than two-thirds of the population comprises young people. In a country with very young demographics (more than 60 per cent of the population under 30 years of age), the potential for entrepreneurship is immense. It all started with a seemingly off-hand remark about a persistent problem. Unemployment rates in Pakistan are high, so practically there is a need for our young nation to be entrepreneurs.
Despite promising trends, Pakistan still has a long way to go before it can call itself a mature startup market. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) 2020, Pakistan stands at 109 out of 137 countries.
Young children are an asset to our country. If we want to initiate the trend of innovation in our country than from the school levels, we have to haul the innovation in our teaching pedagogies, only then we can transfer this into the next generation and can innovate Pakistan.