GIZ focuses on entrepreneurial skills of secondary school students
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft Fῡr Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Entrepreneurship and Job Creation Advisor Babafemi Oyediran said that more than 30,000 students in 330 secondary schools have learned entrepreneurship skills through the Students Entrepreneurship Activity Hub (SEA – Hub) in Nigeria.
According to him, this has further improved their entrepreneurial skills and prepared them for the future, adding that out of this figure, 60% of them are women in 330 secondary schools through the acquisition of skills.
The GIZ Entrepreneurship and Job Creation Advisor who said this in Jos, Plateau State during SEA – Hub Media, pointed out that 66 local government councils have so far been covered in the Nigeria.
He explained that high school students are often introduced to professional skills but rarely have the chance to develop entrepreneurial skills to enable them to become self-sufficient and not dependent on barely available white-collar jobs.
“Over the years, entrepreneurial skills training and development has become largely targeted at adult learners in the various sectors. While training to train adult entrepreneurs becomes popularly accepted as a way to ensure sustainable economic growth, a focal majority of the future young workforce remains insufficiently exposed to required skills and practical business opportunities.
“Always in recognition that the youth demographic is potentially the future driver of Nigeria’s economy, GIZ sees the need and even more impact to foster a culture of innovation and critical mindset focused on solutions among high school students through complementary hands-on entrepreneurship experience and activities,” he said. .
The councilor further indicated that more than 342 secondary schools already have active SEA-Hub clubs which are currently located in 12 states of the federation, of which Plateau State has played a very important role without any support from GIZ.
Oyediran pointed out that SEA-Hub has also been piloted independently in Oyo State without GIZ as more than 300 SEA-Hub graduates are now running their personal businesses resulting in one to two jobs. created per graduate, resulting in the direct creation of over 600 jobs.
He further revealed that more than 700 teachers have also participated in the project, adding that the future of SEA-Hub is very bright as two entrepreneurs trained by it are now self-sufficient.
Also speaking, a GIZ staff member, Tope Salami, said the project is a sure way to future-proof Nigerians to be self-reliant as they prepare business opportunities for the people.
Salami further explained that SEA-Hub does not interfere with students’ curriculum as they learn to create business structures, adding that the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports partners with them to ensure the success of the project.
Furthermore, business expert and former business adviser to the Plateau state government, Dr. Ezekiel Gomos announced that every year he will train and mentor five young entrepreneurs for free, adding that the state government would introduce SEA-Hub to all secondary schools as part of their school activities.
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