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Teaching them young: As a child, I walked the streets of my little town, seeing it as the centre of the world; a place where my possibilities start and end.
I was repeatedly told that the only thing a child should become was either a doctor or a lawyer. Nobody was interested in or commended my remarkable curiosity about anything that resembled a storybook. Today, in my final year in the university I sit & calculate the cost of that negligence to me and it saddens me greatly. I wasted years pursuing career paths I have finally jettisoned for what I was, I am and will always be; a writer.
The timeless entrepreneurship trend all over the world puts much emphasis on innate ability and the development of such to succeed in the business or economic world. But in Nigeria, somehow, undue emphasis is still placed on forcing children to only dream of a future in Medicine or Law.
This unfortunately has left the country with jobless youths who are jobless simply because they failed to become doctors or lawyers.
People are talking now and discussing the problem. But what we need is action!
The Early Child Entrepreneurs project is that action!
it involves the development of a primary school entrepreneurship curriculum for Nigerian schools & partnership with local schools to create relevant (or re-orientate & rechristen existing clubs as) School Entrepreneurship Clubs and lobbying for a legal backbone to necessitate the establishment of these clubs in all primary schools.
Entrepreneurship clubs based on the following areas will be established (at least four of which will be mandatory in every primary school); science, innovation, debate, drama, nature, business, technology, music, writing, sports, health etc. During their middle to latter years in primary school, pupils and their parents will be asked to test and answer some questions aimed at determining the following
- The careers to which the students have the greatest disposition.
- The subjects in which the students perform best and the ones they love most.
- The television shows, hobbies, games and home chores they prefer.
- Activities in which they have shown specific talent. Etc
The pupils will be encouraged to join clubs based on the result of the above. The clubs will be geared towards developing an entrepreneurship spirit in them based on the diverse areas.