ABUJA, 8 November 2018 – The Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today launched the pilot phase of a project to revise trade and entrepreneurship education curricula in Abuja, Nigeria. Funded by the Government of Japan, the project aims to provide students with technical trade and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills in order to promote social stability and economic development in vulnerable communities.
In line with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s national development plan, UNIDO has supported the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) in revising the trades and entrepreneurship subjects’ curricula for senior secondary schools. Under the current phase of the project, the curricula are now being piloted in three north-eastern States of Nigeria, namely Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe, where recent conflicts disrupted the economy and led to more than 1.7 million internally displaced persons.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta, noted the programme’s long-term positive impact on human security at local, national and regional levels, as well as Japan’s commitment to “a common goal of rehabilitation and development” of north-eastern Nigeria.
Addressing the major challenges of youth unemployment and high poverty levels in a post-crisis setting, the project aims to enhance the employability and resilience of youth through trades and entrepreneurship education. By providing students with technical and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, young people will be able to start and manage their own small-scale businesses, thus promoting youth-led entrepreneurial development as well as self-employment.
The representative of the Federal Minister of Education, Elizabeth Itodo, expressed the Ministry’s determination to promote technical education and vocational training in secondary schools and her appreciation for the Japanese Government’s support to Nigeria in its endeavours.
NERDC Executive Secretary Ismail Junaidu pledged his institution’s willingness to continue partnering with UNIDO and the Japanese Government to ensure that the piloting exercise is successfully completed and the revised trades and entrepreneurship subjects’ curricula are rolled out to the rest of the country.
Upon the successful implementation of the pilot phase, the revised trades and entrepreneurship subjects’ curricula will be rolled out to all senior secondary schools across Nigeria, thus further contributing to the achievement of the country’s vision towards economic growth and prosperity for all.
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Industrial Development Officer
UNIDO Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division