The Design and Technology Institute (DTI) has hosted the inaugural cohort of 13 foundry fellows from the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at its campus at Mempeasem, Accra, Ghana.
The Legatum Center developed the Foundry Fellowship in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation in alignment with the Foundation’s vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. The Mastercard Foundation also has a 3-year partnership with DTI under the Young Africa Works Program to facilitate skills training, job preparedness and entrepreneurship development thereby creating 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ghana by 2023.
The 13 fellows hail from eight (8) African countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa among others. The fellows are all entrepreneurs who have started businesses in healthcare, fintech, education and agribusiness.
Ms. Constance Swaniker, CEO and Founder of DTI who hosted the team took them on a tour of the Institute’s lecture halls, state-of-the-art precision fabrication workshop, digital design laboratory and hostels among others during the visit. She expressed her excitement for the team’s visit to the school.
“At DTI, we pride ourselves as being the centre of excellence and we ensure that this reflects in everything we do at the Institute. We also attach professionalism at every stage in the school, that is, from our cleaners, students, facilitators, staff and management. We will continue to work hard to champion Precision Quality and professionalism in all that we do in Ghana and on the continent. We look forward to partnering with MIT and other similar Universities for knowledge sharing and experience transfer,” Ms. Swaniker stated.
Prof Alex Dodoo, Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority hosted the fellows in a fireside chat and discussed issues related to youth employability, scaling up innovation in Africa, precision quality and the role of the private sector in creating jobs and wealth creation in Africa. The team also discussed and explored innovative ways to help African businesses become profitable, inclusive and sustainable.
The fellows commended Ms. Swaniker for giving them the opportunity to tour the school and interact with faculty, staff and students.
The visit focused on areas of mutual interest for the foundry fellows, DTI and the Legatum Center, especially those relating to proof-of-concept studies on innovation and skills development in Africa.
About Design and Technology Institute
The Design and Technology Institute (DTI) is a state-of-the-art Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) for young people. It was officially launched in September 2019 to provide the platform for students from various Universities, Polytechnics, Technical and Vocational Institutions to gain industry experience by working closely with artisans on a factory floor, supported by experienced instructors. The mission of the Institute is to transform skills training for young people in Ghana and across West Africa.
The Institute offers scholarships to needy but brilliant students in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under their Young Africa Works strategy in Ghana. The campus is located at Mempeasem, East Legon behind Ghana Meteorological Agency (Digital Address: GA-484-6124).