GIZ and Edojobs equip 3,000 Edo students with entrepreneurial skills – Nigerian Observer
BENIN CITY – A German development agency, Deutsche Geselschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in partnership with the Edo State Skills Development Agency, also known as Edojobs, has staffed more than 3 000 Edo high school students of entrepreneurial skills in the past three years.
GIZ Head of Economics and Entrepreneurship Education, Miss Oladoyin Olawaiye revealed this during the 2022 Edo Student Entrepreneurship Activity Hub (SEA-Hub) Exhibition and Competition, held in Benin on Wednesday.
Olawaiye said the students were trained under the SEA-Hub initiative which she described as a pro-poor growth and employment promotion program in Nigeria (SEDIN), aimed at reducing the youth unemployment rate in Nigeria.
She explained that SEA-Hub is an intervention funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, adding that a number of SEA-hub clubs exist in some secondary schools in Edo State where entrepreneurship skills are thought out and demonstrated. .
“We are currently at 24 schools across the state, with plans to move to more schools, especially in rural areas.
“The SEA Hub journey in Edo started in 2019 and after-school clubs were established in schools to help students learn lifelong skills and prepare them for the future,” she said. declared.
Olawaiye said 10 schools in the state participated in the SEA-Hub exhibition and competition, which was a pilot program.
“I am happy to see the students presenting innovative work and products after we have trained them in entrepreneurship.
“The contest is an opportunity for young people to participate in nation building and begin to reimagine the future they deserve,” she said.
In her remarks, the Managing Director of Edo State Skills Development Agency, Ms. Ukinebo Dare commended the students for seizing the life-changing opportunity to become solution providers at a young age.
Dare added that the state government would further partner with GIZ to ensure the entrepreneurship initiative is rolled out to more schools in the state.
In addition, the Girls Power Initiative representative, Ms. May Ekido, said that her organization decided to partner with GIZ to mobilize the schools that participated in the training and the competition.
Ekido hailed what it called the “catch-the-young” initiative, noting that “the sooner we start training young children with relevant skills, the better the future will be for them.
“Students came up with innovative ideas and products, including reducing carbon waste in the environment, herbicides and relaxation furniture.”
The highlight of the event was the presentation of prizes to the three winning schools, who would also represent the state in the national competition in Abuja.
The winners of the SEA-Hub competition and exposure at the event are: College Preparatory High School (UPSS), first place; Edo Boys’ High School, which came in second and Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, which came in third.