The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) began a three-day training of 100 entrepreneurship teachers in Kebbi on Wednesday.
The Director-General, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said at the opening of the programme that the training was designed to enhance the capacity of entrepreneurship teachers in primary and secondary schools. They would later teach students and youths on how to become entrepreneurs.
“The programme is to provide access to functional and hands-on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary school student in the country.
“It is also aimed at assisting the students to exhibit creativity and innovation and to help them to identify their potentialities early enough and help to develop them,’’ he said. He noted that the entrepreneurship teachers must be entrepreneurs themselves.
Fasanya noted also that SMEDAN had always fought in favour of entrepreneurship and enterprise education in the country. He commended Kebbi for providing modern teaching and learning facilities in its schools.
Fasanya was represented by Dr Yinka Fisher, a SMEDAN Deputy Director and Coordinator.
The National School Entrepreneurship Program—2022, a program of SMEDAN, is where the training is holding.
Kebbi’s Governor, Atiku Bagudu, opened the program and promised that the state will support the federal government’s initiative to promote independence. He praised SMEDAN for making a paradigm shift in its educational program so that students could learn the skills they needed to become independent and wage earners.
He urged participants to take advantage of the programme to prepare and equip themselves as entrepreneurs and as entrepreneurship educators.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Shuaibu Aliero, represented the governor at the programme.