Empowering Youths & women Ensuring capacity building, monitoring and evaluation after training with a view of developing professional SME's for a rapid economy growth while achieving Sustainable development goals in Nigeria.
Nigeria has one of the poorest sets of national development indices in the world and it is widely believed that the underdevelopment of human capacity is a major factor contributing to Nigeria’s underdevelopment. Demographic segregation of the Nigerian population indicates that youths form the largest segment of the population. Hence, developmental efforts must target and/or capture the youthful population to have tangible and meaningful impact.
The researchers segregated the youthful population into two categories; in-school and out-of-school youths. Using literature study and unstructured observation, the researchers appraised the relative spread and intensity of entrepreneurship education initiatives (especially government-facilitated entrepreneurship education) amongst both groups. While entrepreneurship education initiatives targeted at in-school youth are easily noticeable nationwide, the same cannot be said about out-of-school youth.
Meanwhile, based on national literacy, school enrollment, and tertiary institution matriculation examination/admission records, it can be inferred that out-of-school youths in Nigeria far outnumber in-school youths. The authors therefore recommend specific and deliberate nationwide efforts to impart entrepreneurial skills to out-of-school youths as a means to empowering them to contribute to sustainable development of the Nigerian nation and society. Such initiatives could have as primary targets, drop-outs from secondary schools, and young people who cannot proceed to higher institutions after their secondary education.
The term youth empowerment is broadly employed to explain efforts aimed at providing coping skills and an enabling environment for youths to lead decent lives and contribute meaningfully to national development.
Arise O Nigeria hence highlights the importance of youth and women empowerment towards attaining sustainable development goals of the Nigerian nation. It examines the place of entrepreneurship education in the empowerment of youths, and attempts to identify missing links in the execution of entrepreneurship awareness initiatives in Nigeria.
Achieving the United Nations Agenda 2030
From the survey further conducted on socio-economic characteristics of armed militants in Nigeria namely Avengers, Bakassi Boys, O’ odua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Egbesu Boys, 40% of the group composition were in the 16 - 17 year-old age group, 10% were in the 18 - 19 year-old age group, 20% in the 20 - 21 year-old age group and a further 20% between the ages of 20 - 23. Approximately 60% of them were unemployed. According to statistics from the Manpower Board and the Federal Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria has a youth population of 80 million, representing 60% of the total population of the country. 64 million of them unemployed, while 1.6 million are under-employed. The 1990 - 2000 data on youth unemployment showed that the largest group of the unemployed are the secondary school graduates. There are also 40% unemployment rate among urban youth aged 20 - 24 and a 31% rate among those aged 15 - 19. Two-third of the urban unemployed ranges from 15 - 24 years old. Moreover, the educated unemployed tended to be young males with few dependents. There are relatively few secondary school graduates and the lowered job expectations of primary- school graduates.
Arise'O'Nigeria Empowerment initiative will be Partnering with Private Companies and state Goverments to expand its Scope of Operation as regards achieving the SDG goals for UN Agenda 2030.
Arise O Nigeria Empowerment Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organization, committed to empowering youths & women especially unemployed / out-of-school youths and widows through its Agro Allied Industrial Entrepreneurship / Vocational Skills Acquisition training Programme across Nigeria by towards achieving the Sustanable development goals in Nigeria...