Enterprise education for small artisanal businesses: a case study of Sokoban Wood Village, Ghana

Obeng, Bernard A.; Blundel, Richard K. and Agyapong, Ahmed (2012). Enterprise education for small artisanal businesses: a case study of Sokoban Wood Village, Ghana. In: Thi Thanh Thai, Mai and Turkina, Ekaterina eds. Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy: Models, Approaches and Prospects for Economic Development. Routledge Studies in Entrepreneurship (3). London: Routledge, pp. 192–207.

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Abstract

This chapter reports on a recent educational initiative involving academics from Ghanaian universities and members of an informal sector community of woodworking artisans. This pilot project examined how social and technological innovations, including open educational resources (OERs) might be used to create new learning experiences that were capable of addressing the artisans’ context-specific enterprise development needs. The concluding discussion identifies a number of practical lessons from the project. These findings are related to current debates regarding the potential role of education and training interventions in addressing the persistent policy challenge of transitioning enterprises to a more formal basis, and of promoting their growth and resilience.

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