SMEDAN trains Ogun teachers to promote entrepreneurial skills in schools
1 The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) partnered with the Ogun State government on Thursday to train 100 teachers across the state in entrepreneurial skills.
2 News Agency of Nigeria reports that the three-day capacity building workshop held in Abeokuta was themed, “SMEDAN Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Program – National School Entrepreneurship Program (N-SEP) 2022.”
Declaring the program open, the Managing Director of SMEDAN, Mr. Olawale Fasanya, said the program aims to train primary and secondary school teachers across the state.
3 Fasanya explained that they would in turn hand it over to the students and instill in them the spirit of entrepreneurship.
4 The Director General, represented by Mr. Yinka Fisher, Director of Partnership and Coordination Department of SMEDAN, noted that students would no longer wait for white-collar jobs outside of school but would use the skills learned to become entrepreneurs.
5 He said that the N-SEP should prepare for the fourth industrial revolution through their teachers, adding that there is a paradigm shift in education today.
6 “It is no longer about going to school, getting good grades and getting a good job, but about going to school, getting good grades and acquiring the skills needed to be your own boss and start your own business.
seven “This can only be achieved through effective training and entrepreneurship development.
8 “The era of shiny resumes is over, it’s the era of crafting a bankable business plan that will empower students to be their own bosses,” he said.
9 Fasanya saud the agency had been at the forefront of promoting entrepreneurship for the growth and development of the country.
ten He revealed that the agency had carefully crafted the teachers’ manual to guide teachers on how to instill culture and entrepreneurship in students.
11 Fasanya said the concept of the program was to instill in students intellectual awareness of their surroundings to enable them to maximize their existence and potential.
12 “It’s an adaptable education that will prepare students for the self-employment that must necessarily be the ultimate,” he said.
13 He added that the program would go a long way towards realizing the federal government’s efforts to bring unemployment down to the bare minimum.
14 He called on participants to take advantage of the program to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs as well as entrepreneurship educators.
15 Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, represented by his special adviser for industry, trade and investment, Mr. Remi Ogunmefun, congratulated the agency for this partnership.
16 Abiodun said the program was in line with his administration’s support for education and job creation.
17 “The good old days are over, now we need to educate people to have that mindset of being an entrepreneur and contributing to the economy,” he said.
18 Some of the participants, Mr. Adeniyi Adeyemi from Mercy Land International College and Mrs. Fransisca Salako from the Rev. Kuti Memorial Grammer School in Abeokuta, congratulated SMEDAN for the training.
19 However, they pledged on behalf of the other participants to make good use of the training, adding that they would also train their students.