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Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Nigeria partners with UNIDO to improve entrepreneurship education in secondary schools

ABUJA, 9 July 2013 - The Federal Government of Nigeria has entered into a partnership programme with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to enhance the entrepreneurial competencies of pupils in the country’s senior secondary schools.

Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, announced the details of the partnership on Tuesday in Abuja, stating that the Federal Government will finance the programme.

The minister noted that the implementation of the programme is related to the Vision 20:20:20 plan to make Nigeria one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020 which suggests that Nigeria should focus on the development of a critical mass of human resources with technological, entrepreneurial and managerial skills.

According to Wike: “In order to achieve this, UNIDO, with a long-standing experience in the development and implementation of entrepreneurship education programmes in Africa, agreed to collaborate with the Nigerian Educational Research Council to facilitate the strategic efforts of the Nigerian Government.”

He added that the key areas of focus in the course of the partnership will include strengthening the 34 trade and entrepreneurship subjects that already exist in the curriculum for senior secondary schools, and developing teachers guides, and monitoring and evaluation tools. In this context, the minister explained that the current trade and entrepreneurship subjects taught in senior secondary schools did not adequately cover the content needed to enhance entrepreneurial competencies, such as knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as creativity and innovativeness.

The Minister noted that “UNIDO has observed that many people are unable to sustain business ventures due to the lack of appropriate competencies needed to scan the environment, identify and select business opportunities, and start and successfully manage them. Consequently, there is the need to expand the entrepreneurial foundation of the nation to fully develop the entire human resource base.’’

The project will cover the country’s 36 states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), and will be coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education with inputs from the Nigerian Educational Development and Research Council (NERDC) and the State-level ministries of education.

Patrick Kormawa, UNIDO Representative to Nigeria, said that the programme aims to address the employment challenge of the three million pupils who are graduating every year in Nigeria.

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Regional Office
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