SMEDAN commences 3-day training for 100 Entrepreneurship Teachers; launches Secondary School Competition in 2023

SMEDAN commences 3-day training for 100 Entrepreneurship Teachers; launches Secondary School Competition in 2023

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) has started a three-day capacity-strengthening training of 100 entrepreneurship teachers in Damaturu, Yobe.

Mr. Olawale Fasanya, Director-General of SMEDAN, disclosed this during the start of the training session on Tuesday in the state capital, Damaturu.

The exercise is being carried out under the agency’s Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme-National School Entrepreneurship Programme (N-SEP).

Fasanya claimed that the participants were selected from elementary and secondary schools to receive training in readiness to pass on what they learned to their students and pupils at the conclusion of the activity.

The Director- General who was represented by Dr. Yinka Fisher, said that the training was important and timely given the lack of white collar jobs in the nation.

“The concept is designed to inculcate into the students the intelligent and intellectual consciousness of his/her environment to enable him/her maximise his/her existence and potential.

According to him, “Today’s education should therefore be predicated on the philosophy of creating jobs, i.e. turning the students from being job seekers to job creators.

“It is no more go to school, get good grades and get a good job.

“It is how to go to school, get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss – starting your own business,” he said.

He added that the other states would benefit from the initiative before the end of 2022, noting that the program, which started in 2017, has so far been implemented in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Fasanya stated that the organization would also launch a National Secondary School Entrepreneurship Competition in 2023.

Alhaji Yakubu Sani, Director, Entrepreneurship, Business and Sustainability, State Ministry of Wealth Creation, Empowerment and Employment Generation, expressed his gratitude to SMEDAN in his remarks.

He claimed that unemployment, particularly among young people, was one of the main drivers of insurgency and other violent crimes.

Sani stated that the state was prepared to assume control of the initiative and that the ministry had finalized plans to make soft loans available to women and young entrepreneurs.

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