AS a way to bring the nation’s economy out of the woods, renowned Entrepreneur and Executive Director Fate Foundation, Nike Adeyemi has challenged federal government to implement the teaching of entrepreneurship at the Primary level of Education.
Adeyemi made the recommendation during a panel discussion to launch a Minipreneur Book.
The Minipreneur, is a 40-page lessons and tasks book that would assist children within the ages of five to 12 years in the understanding of entrepreneurship and business skills.
The Book is authored by Olanrewaju Oniyitan, Chief Executive Officer, W-Holistic Business Solution, Business Development Service Provider (BDSP) for Bank of Industry (BoI).
Speaking at the event, Adeyemi pointed out that the teaching of entrepreneurship education at the primary school level, as contained in the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) MSME Policy, is still awaiting full implementation in spite of its been approved.
According to her, “Most schools do not teach what should be the centre piece of a contemporary education which is entrepreneurship that gives capacity to, not only to start companies, but also to think creatively and ambitiously”.
She noted, “Entrepreneurship is not theory that is being taught in some schools. We need initiatives that will practicalise the role of an entrepreneur to the pupils. This will allow the children’s creative skill to come to play”, she observed.
The Renowned Entrepreneur also noted that to cope with the challenges of an ever changing world, primary school is the best place to start; “and we can break the curriculum to suit their age and understanding,” she added.
Also speaking at the occasion, Executive Director, Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, Yemisi Adedayo, observed that the Minipreneur Book would provide a platform for children to pursue their dreams and make meaningful impact to the society.
According to her, Minipreneur Book aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal Four of the United Nations, which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
“We need to remove our societal bias that treats vocation as inferior and allow it to grow our Gross Domestic Products (GDP), especially with the challenge of high unemployment rate in the country,” she said.
In her remarks, the Founder, Ghettit Edutainment, Timi Onabolu, pointed out how affluent backgrounds have often hinder children from taking risks and making mistakes, which were necessary for cultivating ingenuity.
She noted, “If students study entrepreneurship early, they will be forced to think outside the box, to fail and to persist. These experiences will inspire them to become creative and innovative”.
Author, Olanrewaju Oniyitan, said that every child need not be entrepreneurs when they grow up.
She however opined, “Children can be inspired to be more resourceful and enterprising; a skill that is required for success in our new world.
“Entrepreneurship education benefits students from all socioeconomic background, because it teaches kids to think outside the box and nurtures unconventional talents and skills,” she said.
Oniyitan said that entrepreneurship would create opportunity, ensures social justice, instills confidence and stimulates the economy.