We often hear the government, political parties and media commentators claim that their ideology, ranging from socialism to neoliberalism, is the answer to SA’s broken education system and lack of jobs. However, rarely do they cite actual examples of countries that have taken charge of their fate and turned their situation around. My business partner and I recently embarked on a one-week visit to Finland, which we believe approaches basic education and entrepreneurship in a way SA should strive to emulate. This Nordic country of 5.5-million people is sandwiched between East and West, bordering Russia on one side and the EU on the other. It only gained independence from the Russian Empire 100 years ago, and was relatively poor until the 1980s. It was around that time that the Finnish government radically altered its mediocre education system, and also began truly to embrace technology and innovation. The World Democracy Audit ranks Finland the second least corrupt country in the worl...

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