EVAGO GLOBAL FOUNDATION
Evago Global Foundation is an NGO that focuses on entrepreneurship development throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America especially focusing on young people under the age of 30.
We want to do this through education. Education is our cause, passion and mission.
Our primary focus in teaching entrepreneurship is to give people the skills to engage with modern markets and develop themselves, their families, communities and nations. Furthermore, as entrepreneurs, we understand that entrepreneurship brings tremendous benefits to a person and his/her environment.
Entrepreneurship is more than starting a business but it is really a way of life, a way of thinking and a perspective through which one sees life.
An entrepreneur does not see problems but rather opportunities for transformation. Our goal is to see the huge challenges around them as opportunities for which the answers lies within.
It is only by teaching entrepreneurship that we will see the creative power of the young people in emerging markets unleashed on the world to solve major problems that the world has been grappling with for generations.
We believe that we will see social entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, family entrepreneurs, employed entrepreneurs begin to rise in every part of society.
Why is this Important
From our experience, we have noted that conventional schools do not prepare individuals to be entrepreneurs and many leave conventional schooling ill equipped to survive in a world where a mixture of technology, globalization and global instability have meant that job opportunities especially for young people are shrinking at an ever increasing pace.
It is precisely the lack of this type of education that is the key cause of inter- generational poverty, crime and widening wealth gap we see in our nations today.
As an example currently, more than 300 million Indians are under the age of 15, Africa’s current population of 200 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 is set to double by 2045, in the Middle East, a region of some 400 million people, nearly 65 percent of the population is younger than age 30 and we have not even considered South America, China, Russia, the CIS and many others.
It remains a travesty that the countries that have most of the world’s young people are also the ones that are the most ill-equipped to grapple with their needs, ambitions, expectations, and inevitable frustrations.
These young people could transform entire regions, making them more prosperous, more just, and more secure or they could also unleash a flood of instability and violence around the world because of frustration at the lack of opportunities they are experiencing.
It is the height of folly to continue to build bridges, airports, buildings and global companies, while at the same time, ignoring the plight of young people across the developing regions of the world.
This is why we have developed a goal to establish 1000 business schools in the aforementioned regions over the next decade. In order to do this, we are partnering with our clients, partners and supporters all over the world to contribute their resources and skills that we may achieve this ambitious target.
It is our belief that these schools will be centres of hope, innovation and inspiration in all of the regions that they are present.
Further to this, we also want to affect education policy more generally in developing nations because our global economies are shifting at a dramatic pace but our education system at its core is still the same as it was when it was created during the Industrial Revolution.
In order to do this, we are also creating a think tank called - the Institute of Global Educational Policy, through which we can research, present and help to implement policy recommendations on how governments can make the correct shift in their educational policy to equip their young people for the postmodern economy.
With education at our core, it also allows us to touch other areas of government policy and social matters in society including marriage, fathers, mothers, families, position of women and girls in societies as all of these matters play critical levels in the level of educational attainment for young people.