FCT Education Board urges students to embrace entrepreneurship development

NNN: The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday in Abuja urged students to embrace entrepreneurship development.

Ms. Nanre Emeje, Secretary of FCT Secondary Education Board, said this while declaring open a three-day capacity building training for teachers under the MIND SHIFT Entrepreneurship, National-School Entrepreneurship Program (N-SEP).

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event attended by over 100 participants was organized by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

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Emeje said the call became necessary given the country’s quest to bring about education revolution in favor of industrialization.

While calling for a school curriculum that would outline what students should learn about entrepreneurship, Emeje described entrepreneurship as a gateway to every nation’s economy.

“The curriculum should be designed to describe exactly what students need to understand about entrepreneurship.

“The expected program must indicate who is an entrepreneur and the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary producer.

“Others are what society stands to gain from having entrepreneurially oriented citizens and why entrepreneurship is an essential ingredient in education,” she said.

She, however, stressed the need that the instruments through which knowledge about entrepreneurial skills was imparted to students should be demonstrably taken to the mental and physical level where they could interpret the relevant topics.

“The instruments for transmitting entrepreneurial skills to students are the teachers.

“So it’s normal that teachers are trained to see the need for entrepreneurship education in students and develop a passion to pass it on to academics,” Emeje said.

She called on SMEDAN to intervene by producing adequate teaching materials and manuals for teaching entrepreneurship in schools.

“Teachers themselves can be helpful in bridging this gap, they obviously need motivation and coordination to do so. I therefore take this opportunity to call on SMEDAN to look in this direction,” said Emeje.

Earlier, the Managing Director of SMEDAN, Mr. Olawale Fasanya, reiterated the agency’s commitment to promote the training of students in entrepreneurship.

Represented by Dr. Friday Okpara, Director, Partnership and Coordination, SMEDAN, Fasanya expressed concern over the worry among Nigerian students about their future due to the lack of opportunities in the job market.

He said the lack of entrepreneurial skills to embark on new business ventures contributes to students’ anxiety and uncertainty.

“The World Bank recently predicted that there will be an additional injection of 40 million people joining the economically active group by 2040 in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Given the most promising economic performance in the region, it is impossible that regular employment can cope with this number of people entering the unemployment market.

“The imperative is that young people must be supported with education and training that promote job creation and wealth creation,” Fasanya said.

Mr. Saidu Abubakar, Principal, Government Secondary School, Zone 10, Garki, Abuja, urged participants to take advantage of the program to prepare and prepare themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.

Attendees were taken through topics such as “Vision and goal setting, types of business ownership, sales and marketing of your business and your business and your community,” among others.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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