ur mission is to reduce youth and university graduate unemployment in Africa by teaching individuals practical skills that would enable them to secure gainful employment to earn a good living, especially in the areas of Arts, Science, and Technology. In this platform, participants will be challenged to produce works that are respectable and worthy of their aspirations in life. Those who wish to learn how to research, write, and publish manuscripts of all sorts and in whatever field, for example, will be guided by professionals in the field. Those who aspire to be computer literates and technicians will be guided by computer savvy individuals who will help them to hone their skills.
We advocate for clean and healthy environment for Africa as well, as oil and gas and other natural resources extraction has become a threat to the environment and public health in many African countries. Research in this area will create employment for many young graduates and school leavers. These young men and woman will be trained and guided by environmental scientists and professionals on how to preserve and protect the environment from pollution and degradation—including land, sea, and air.
We also advocate for health and wellness, as such we train nurses, medical technicians, and physician who will focus on combating diseases in various parts of Africa. Research in this area will, no doubt, open the doors for many unemployed youths throughout the continent, as well as give them a chance to fight against diseases such as Ebola, malaria, and cholera, which constantly threaten human lives.
At African Institute of Arts, Science & Technology (AIAST), a virtual institution for hands-on, practical learning, we want to make a clear distinction between learning and earning a living. As such, after acquiring knowledge in their various colleges and universities, participants can then enroll at AIAST to gain practical knowledge on how they can best apply their learned skills to produce practical results for companies who may wish to hire them. The focus of AIAST, therefore, is to make the transition from learning to earning a living possible as well as seamless. We believe that this will reduce overall youth unemployment and improve the quality of life in many African countries.
lthough some courses may take longer depending on the amount of information required for proficiency, all courses taken at AIAST are designed to last only eight weeks, as our aim is not to reinvent education but rather to add a spice that we believe will make it work for everyone, including the employees and the employers. We exist to serve both employees and employers, and to bridge the gap that exist between them. We believe that this gulf exists because of the inadequate preparation and skills training for employees, and this can be remedied by shifting the focus of education away from what it used to be to what we want it to be, from theory to practical, from “will do” to “can do.”