Name: Ernestina Kabukour Kateye
Date of Birth: March 22, 1999
Education: BSc Biological Sciences
Occupation: Human Resource Manager
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
A world where quality education is accessible to everyone irrespective of status, gender, age, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation. A world where everyone has equal access to personal and professional development opportunities to develop potential and ensure equal sustainability of the human resources. A world where there is an enabling ecosystem for growth that creates a community of men and women who earnestly seek knowledge outside themselves in order to radically impact the lives of society.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
Poor access to quality education: access to quality education is limited in numerous communities across Africa and beyond due to lack of social amenities or resources such as educational infrastructure, inadequate teaching resources, poorly interconnected communities (poor road networks, poor access to educational materials and human resources, poor access to internet connectivity to conduct further educational research) and lack of financial capacity to access education due to extreme poverty.
Indecent work opportunities: poor working conditions such as receiving very little income as compensation for extremely long hours of work, centralization of power in authority figures which encourages favoritism and nepotism and finally, extreme bureaucracy in the workplace such as seeking several years of experience from new graduates which renders many youth unemployed and unproductive. Inequalities in the attainment of social and economic growth: availability and the provision of opportunities based on status, age, ethnicity, gender, religious or political affiliations which creates a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor, and makes the masses more vulnerable to committing social vices in the attempt of self-preservation due to lack of security and trust in their country\’s system (government, governing authorities).
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
Quality education can be made easily accessible to deprived communities by the mobilization and supply of resources (by governments). These include human resources (qualified and competent teaching staff), educational materials for teaching and learning, provision of educational infrastructure and construction of good road networks to connect these deprived communities with developed communities and to enhance their access to opportunities that will improve their livelihoods hence, their capacity to afford quality education. The youth can be involved by advocating for quality education to the appropriate stakeholders to increase accountability. Decent work opportunities can be provided by easing administrative processes to access jobs, to make it easier to secure employment based on merit (skills and, the willingness to learn and contribute to the growth of an organization) rather than on experience or familiarity. Governments should decentralize power to stakeholders and subodinates, to check red tape and to ensure that, employees are paid what they are worth based on their skills, values and contributions they offer to the sustainability of the organization. The youth can be involved by demanding for what they are worth by advocating for decent work rights. Inequalities for the attainment of social and economic growth can be eradicated by the creation of free educational resources through cohort-based trainings, workshops and boot camps organized by the collaboration of resources from governments, non-governmental organizations and philanthropic efforts that support the livelihoods of deprived communities. Also, leadership opportunities can be created that will absorb the youth irrespective of affiliations to identify their talents and to guide them in harnessing their potentials for social impact.
My name is Ernestina Kabukour Kateye and I am passionate about creating radical change in communities by first becoming radically empowered and enlightened; I am a firm believer in servant leadership. I manage the operations and develop the human resources of non-governmental organizations in my country, Ghana. I am an alumnus of the African Future Leaders Fellowship, Zero-to-One High Impact Leaders Fellowship, Travel for Change Adventures Fellowship and Women in Leadership Fellowship. I serve as the country representative for She Voices Africa which is a women empowerment organization and we are currently running an online campaign against Gender-Based Violence. I also serve as the Africa Academics Ambassador for my tertiary institution, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Africademics is a career platform that make opportunities in the academia-industry easily accessible to students, researchers and scholars. I represent Africa\’s Formula for Development a s the co-lead ambassador for Ghana to enhance the personal and professional development of the youth. I serve as the Director of Operations for The Learn-aholics Academy, Africa in Ghana and I’m working to create scholarship slots for Ghanaians to contribute to their career advancement. Also, I serve as the Executive Director for Tertiary and Campus Affairs at the Youth Empowerment Consortium in Ghana to engage and empower tertiary communities to create radical social impact.