Ousman Umar

“Nasco Feeding Minds aims at ‘feeding’ the minds of young people in Ghana through digital education. Through 23 schools in Ghana, we are successfully accessing more than 5000 students."

“Nasco Feeding Minds aims at ‘feeding’ the minds of young people in Ghana through digital education. Through 23 schools in Ghana, we are accessing more than 5000 students, equipping them with the tools to help them having quality innovative education.”

Ousman Umar is a migrant entrepreneur, originally from Ghana and currently residing in Spain. His passion and hard work in his business is not surprising. Having been through the tough journey of coming to Europe, Ousman is determinant to help youth in his country have better futures.

Ousman realized the power of education through his journey. Having been an illiterate, then earning a master’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing, he acknowledges that education is one of the main tools to help young people.

In his book “Journey to the Land of the Whites”, Ousman tells us his story of coming to Europe, the hardships he faced, and the successes he made. Ousman came to Europe as a 13 year old boy through illegal trafficker who left him and the people who were in the same group in the Sahara. He managed to find work in Libya as a welder, and then saved enough money to go through Algeria to Morocco and from Morocco to Mauritania and to the Canary Islands. Ousman explained that this journey was really tough, especially for a 13 year-old boy.

The advice Ousman gives makes us curious about his story. Ousman advises vulnerable youth not to take the dangerous journey to Europe, to stay and try to make a good living in their home countries, he says: 

“The answer is making a better life in your own home. I am a rare success story but I wish I had never done this. The emotional toll is too much.

Even though Ousman says this, his story is still an inspiration for migrant entrepreneurs in Europe to be motivated to carve their way in their host countries and youth in their vulnerable countries to realize the value of education and entrepreneurship

His business, Nasco Feeding Minds installs computers for schools in Ghana to access education through communication technologies. It provides these youth with trainings on using digital technology. In the beginning, Ousman bought the first 45 computers through his own pocket money to start the first ICT centre. Now, the company relies on its supply of computers through asking companies for their unused computers. The company cleans; installs free operation systems and ship the computers to Ghana. Ousman wants to help the vulnerable youth in his country by providing them with the resources; this can contribute to making their lives better, and not take the dangerous journey to Europe.

NASCO Feeding Minds currently supports more than 23 schools. Since 2012, it has provided 11,000 trainings to students between 8 and 18 years old. The organization would like to spread its work in Ghana, and later to other African countries such as Togo, Benin, Nigeria to stop the sub-Saharan migration and benefit as many youth as possible.

To continue and build on the goals of Nascho Feeding Minds, Ousman started Nascho-Tech. Nasco-Tech is a social business that pays back its creditors and donors from its benefits. It runs two core units: 1.) an IT skill training network for young women and men in Ghana  2.) A sales team that wins IT development and service contracts with European companies.

Nasco-ict and Nasco-Tech train children all over the country to become young IT professionals and organizes work contracts with European companies. This works through “Nasco-ict” a growing network of IT-learning units where several thousand young children meet software and hardware the first time. On the used computers, they connect with their teachers the first time to internet and learn how to research and learn in the www. This happens anywhere in remote villages or in cities in Ghana, many times in the shade of a big tree.

Nasco-Tech selects the most talented and offers scholarships in the “Bootcamp University” where they learn in 3-months packages to program Java, Javascript, WordPress, CSS, etc. The young women and men who progress most will learn to develop SAP UI/5, FIORI APPS, FIORI Front End Development and Amazon-Alexa-Skills.

Nasco-Tech is a social business that will serve many European clients with a portfolio of the most used software development tools necessary for the digital transformation. It offers more than training and a job. Nasco builds a foundation that uses its income to give all members health insurance for themselves and their families. It brings IT training to their villages and shares benefits with the communities. It enables the members to help their families to develop small local businesses.

This way young people will rather choose to stay, work and thrive in Ghana. They may even start telling any friends who are expatriates to come back from Europe to their villages to participate.

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This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

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