Investing in tomorrows women entrepreneurs today

Africa needs more women entrepreneurs to emerge in the coming few years if the continent and our communities are to thrive. To achieve this goal, businesses need to focus on investing in girls’ education at early and primary years, as they represent tomorrow’s entrepreneurial future.  As the Global Business Coalition for Education marked the International Day of the Girl Child this month, it published a survey on the impact of businesses who invest in girls’ education. It found that while there is a strong focus on empowering girls in secondary years, less than 10% of their education budgets is spent on early childhood development. The report argues that investment in early and primary years would be transformative. Sarah Brown, Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education, said: “We know all too well that the economic empowerment of a woman does not start when she is an adult. It starts when she is a girl. Education is critical for her success at work and across her family life, and there is a compelling case for the private sector to consider how best to engage and make a difference.” Africa’s entrepreneurial future for women is relying on it.