NGO educates youths on entrepreneurship
The founder, Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment, Mrs Bimpe Gbamgbose-Martins, has said more must be done to educate and encourage the Nigerian youth to embrace entrepreneurship as a strategy for bridging the unemployment gap in the country.
Also, the Director, United Nations Information Centre, Mr Ronald Kayanga, said this was the way to go if Nigeria must achieve the “ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Gbamgbose-Martins and Kayanga spoke recently in Lagos at an event organised by SMILE to commemorate this year’s World Youth Skills Day.
Kayanga, who was represented on the occasion by Mrs Bolanle Olumekor, pointed out that rising youth employment was a common problem facing both developed and developing countries alike, which could be tackled by equipping youths with vocational skills.
“The international community has set an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Education and training are central to the achievement of the 2030 agenda. Education 2030 devotes considerable attention to technical and vocational skills development. Technical and vocational education and training can equip youths with the skills required to access the world of work, including skills for self-employment,” Kayanga said.
On her part, Gbamgbose-Martins emphasised the need for continuous advocacy to sensitise youths to the importance of skill acquisition.
She said, “It is very important to begin from an early age to change the orientation of an average youth because many of them are so inclined toward white-collar jobs. So, we need interventions like this to reorient them and make entrepreneurship and other vocational skills attractive to them because skills development is very key as there is so much competition out there.
“So, we keyed into the advocacy in collaboration with the United Nations to come up with this intervention to address the challenges facing the youth.
“We brought young entrepreneurs within the age bracket of 17 to 23 years of age to share their experiences because the best language the youth understand is to bring their peers to inspire them so that they can be challenged to aspire to be self-employed like them.”
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