In a country where young people from the age of 15 to 34 makes up over a third of the population, and that third is three times more likely to be in the grip of unemployment, the creation of businesses seems to be one of the only solutions available. The young and qualified are above all tempted by administrative work (civil service) or in national firms, looking for stability and security, although those sectors are already saturated. Instead there is a large majority who perform odd jobs in the private sector, employment which is both precarious and likely short term. Those who dare to set up their own businesses are faced with a host of financial, administrative or personal difficulties…. The risk of giving up or failure is always high, all the more so because the education system is not geared to preparing them for the realities of the job market.
It is the ambition of Cameroun Entreprises Développement (CED), a local partner of the IECD, to help young people see entrepreneurship as a desirable and viable option, not just an unfortunate necessity or a means of survival. It wants to give them the keys to success. The idea of cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, at least from secondary education, is one of the essential components in the program to support the small businesses of Cameroon.