SterBridge Hub is a Technology and Entrepreneurship Development, Support and Advocacy Social Enterprise
Our name “SterBridge” (Pronounced: Star Bridge) and organisation came to be out of our passion to Bridge the Gaps (Challenges) Stopping African Youngsters from realizing and actualizing their Creative, Innovative and Entrepreneurial potentials and dreams.
The name SterBridge is a coined word:
Ster – the suffix of the word “Youngster” and also the Afrikaans spelling of the word “Star”.
Bridge – a way over an obstacle or gap.
At SterBridge, we believe in the Innovative and Creative competence of the African Youngsters (Youth) to Make Positive Impact, Create Opportunities and Provide Solutions to the key Challenges in Africa if Motivated, Equipped and Supported.
Africa is a promising continent with about 77 percent of its population younger than 35 –that’s around 770 million people -World Population Report.
These 770 million population are confident and dynamic young people with great dreams, potentials and aspirations to shape Africa’s present and future. But many of these youngsters lack economic opportunities in their own country. A lot of them dream of a brighter and better future in Europe. Africa’s 77 percent (i.e. young people) also includes some of those risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean in search of better opportunities abroad. These rapidly growing number of Young Africans presents both opportunities and risks.
“The lack of employments and other opportunities for young people in Africa not only threatens the realization of the demographic dividend. At its worst, it can contribute to radicalization and violence. A study in Kenya, for instance, suggested that 57 percent of al-Shabaab respondents joined the group when they were below 24 years (Botha 2014)“. -World Bank
Globalization, technology, expanding webs of trade and commerce, automation and the rise of artificial intelligence are changing labour markets at a rapid, uneven pace around the world. As a global community, we must ask ourselves: are we preparing the world’s young men and women for this changing world of work? Are they getting the education and skills they need for the jobs that are available? And – crucially – for those jobs that haven’t been invented yet?
There are 1.8 billion people aged between 10 and 24 on the planet. Every month, 10 million young people reach working age, ready to begin productive lives. Some will continue with education, others will enter the workforce. Unfortunately, the world is not creating 10 million new jobs every month. There are 71 million unemployed young people worldwide, and 156 million working young people living on less than $3 per day.
By 2030, there will be 375 million young people in the job market in Africa.
With job creation and the right investments in education and skills, these young people will find dignified and fulfilling work, and have more money to spend to improve their lives and their families’ lives”. -Mastercard Foundation
Innovation and entrepreneurship are recognized as key building blocks of competitive and dynamic economies. Countries and regions with vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems tend to witness higher productivity rates, leading to increased economic growth and more robust job creation, the main pathways through which the poor can escape poverty.
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