WorldStage NewsOnline—- An intensive building capacity on entrepreneurship has been organised by the Nigeria’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) for primary and secondary schools teachers in Adamawa .
The three-day training kicked off on Thursday in Yola.
Mr Dikko Radda, the Director-General of the agency, said at the opening that the training was designed to enhance the capacity of the teachers who would in turn prepare and convert their pupils and students into entrepreneurs.
“There is much anxiety and uncertainty among Nigerian students about their future because of dearth of employment opportunities and their lack of entrepreneurial skills to go into new business ventures.
“It was on this premise that the Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme (MEP) was conceived by the agency,” Radda said.
He said the programme was designed to engage the vibrant energy of the nation’s students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation and management of their own businesses.
According to the director general, the programme is aimed at providing access to functional and hands-on entrepreneurship literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria.
He said the programme has three main components that include entrepreneurship training the trainer (teachers), exposure to selected business skills, and post training and hands-on support.
He noted that the core objectives of the programme was to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship to students of young age, involve many business and community leaders in the programme and to stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in schools across the country, among others.