Students must take advantage of available technology to learn about new ideas and develop skills to become entrepreneurs in future, China African Relations Executive, Cassie Xu has said.
Speaking at Ladies in Media’s Digital Violence Awareness Conference held on Friday at the GH Media School in Accra, she said, Africa would have more successful entrepreneurs if students begin to develop themselves in the area.
With available technology, free flow of information and several opportunities to upgrade themselves, she said, students could even start their own businesses before leaving school.
“Entrepreneurship is now the way to go for every country as entrepreneurs are currently defining the economy of many developed countries and Ghanaian students can begin by taking advantage of opportunities available in the technological space,” she stated.
She said Female students must focus on ideas that would ensure they become successful entrepreneurs.
The political and economic environment in Ghana, she said was encouraging and many businesses could survive if approached with the right mindset and determination.
“Students must challenge themselves and come out with good ideas and implement them to the fullest,” she added.
Also speaking at the conference, Counsellor Kwaku Adumata said social media was one of the platforms that must be utilised for startups to advertise goods and services.
He said, students must desist from posting nude pictures on social media but rather use their smart phones to develop academically and professionally.
“Do not post pictures that would be harmful to your profession in future but make use of the smart phones to study and become better people in society,” he stressed.
Pan African Youth Empowerment Ambassador, Adu Safowaah also advised female students not to be moved by the fancy lifestyles of ‘celebrities’ on social media but rather focus on their books to achieve their dreams.
“Life is not what you see on the internet so you must ensure not to put across records that would drive away sponsors in future when you are able to come out with a business idea,” she said.
National President for Ladies in Media, Margaret Barden expressed appreciation to the speakers for sharing their ideas with the students.
The initiative for the conference she explained was to highlight the struggles, vulnerabilities and most importantly to share the inspiring stories of great achievers and help shape a future free of violence against women.
Friday’s conference she said was the first the series (Digital violence awareness conference tour) as they would move to other schools including, Ghana Institute of Journalism(G.I.J), Multimedia Institute of Ghana (M.I.G), Abro Media School (Doxa University), Crystal Galaxy and some more few high schools.
“Our campaign will be finalised with an awareness walk in solidarity with victims of revenge pornography. We are confident that with the support and participation of every individual our campaign will receive the needed attention and results,” she added.
Speakers were presented with citations by organisers after the event.
Caption: Speakers in a pose with Ms Barden (second left) after the conference