Nigerian NGO Calls for Mainstreaming Entrepreneurship Education

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The founder and Chairperson of the Aisha Babangida Youth Leadership Foundation recommended that the Government Nigeria, in collaboration with the country’s private sector, include entrepreneurship training in its national curriculum.

Speaking at International Youth Day in Abuja, she mentioned that her organization is willing to develop pilot interventions to teach such skills.

“Entrepreneurship is one solid way of catering to the huge unemployment deficit in Nigeria; we should harness our massive youth population so as to not only reduce the endemic poverty prevalent in our communities but to also reach our potential as Africa’s power house”

She recommends to young people that, rather than focusing on their sometimes dire employment situations, they should promote positive causes. “In coming together we can pool our strengths and make meaningful changes in our lives and the lives of others.” With civic engagement as International Youth Day’s 2015 theme and part of the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth, socially engaged entrepreneurship may be a viable focus for many young people.

Youth entrepreneurship, and in particular ICT education, are especially critical in Africa, which has the largest youth population in the world.

Source: Daily Trust, Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media