The Role of Enterprise Education in Regional Development: Small Medium Enterprises in Kenya

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The purpose of this paper is to understand various aspect of enterprise education as adopted in developed countries that can be useful in developing world. Given high unemployment rates in Kenya, this paper looks at the impact of enterprise education in stimulating Small Medium Enterprises and eventually creates wealth and employment.

Using Durham’s approach on enterprise education, the paper focus on how The Objectives of Enterprise Education will increase entrepreneurial activities and therefore create jobs locally and regionally. It looks at Business Theories that should be adopted during enterprise education so as to provide Small Medium Enterprise with best practice.

The Research was conducted in the four major cities in Kenya: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru. A questionnaire containing a mixture of multiple choice, rank order and open ended was developed and filled out locally. The aim was to assess the role enterprise education can play in the growth of SME’s in Kenya.

Statistical analysis using STAT 9 and Excel was applied to analyse quantitative data. Provisional findings showed that one of the keys to sustainable economics successes is to build strong enterprise education. This needs to be done with the help of business and government supports with the aim of limiting the risk of failure as a result of low skills levels.

Statistical analyses of the quantitative data and in-depth interviews suggested that building and effectively utilising enterprise education models has a significant positive effect on increased entrepreneur’s activities. Enterprise education has a role.


Keywords: Enterprise Education, Durham’s Approach, Stimulating Small Medium Enterprises
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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George Y. Ombado

Research Consultant/ Project Analyst, Research and Development, AB2000 and Economic Empowerment Group
Bristol, UK

George Ombado, has been involved in evaluating Education Projects across Africa and Europe through national and international presentation on projects sponsored by Development agencies. A current Phd Candidate holding a Masters in Economics of Development (Netherlands) and Business Management( UK)

He gained exposure in understanding stakeholder influence on social services through assignments with AB2000 , Netherland Sustainable Development Organisation-NCDO (The Third Chamber), Projects with multinational financial organisation (UK )and numerous European Development agencies.

Areas of interest: Project Management, Evaluation of social needs policies(Education and Health) and corporate social responsibilities (CSR).

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