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OVER 1,000 STUDENTS EMBRACE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ANAMBRA

The Commissioner for Educaton in Anambra State Prof Kate Omenugha, has expressed joy over the increasing interest of both indigenes and non-indigenes in vocational and technical schools in the state.

Omenugha said no fewer than 1,000 students engaged in the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), have become entrepreneurs across various fields.

In an interview in Awka, Omenugha said: "The students were not only being transformed into qualified entrepreneurs, but competing favourably with their contemporaries in the global market."

She said prior to the emergence of the administration, none of the vocational and technical schools in the state was accredited.

"The vision of Anambra State government is to inject into the students lifelong skills to empower them with education that is globally competitive.

"He changed the psyche of the students from their penchant for white collar jobs to using their hands to earn a living. He abolished tuition fees in all vocational schools in the state," she added.

According to the commissioner, the teachers and other education officers had undergone various training both locally and internationally through the support of Kiara College (a technical institute established in Africa to meet the need for Technical and Vocational Education Training).

"The major turning point was out trip to Singapore, a city with zero tolerance to unemployment where out students were exposed to various kinds of skills.

"The technical colleges also received a boost following their equipment with the state of the art facilities, including a memorandum of understanding the state entered into with different companies, including INNOSON Motors."

Omenugha enumerated the benefits of the measures taken by government, among which include increased enrolment in vocational schools.

"The first time we organised an entrepreneurial fare, it was amazing the products the children were able to carry out with their hands, including rocket, solar panels, bricklaying and plumbing.

"The state is working on strengthening its production unit in partnership with artisans to ensure sustainability," she added.

The Chief Executive Officer, Kiara College, Mr. Endi Ezengwa, praised the government for investing in the technical and vocational education and training which, according to him, many other states have abandoned for lack of funds.

Ezengwa, however, underscored the need to extend the programme to the various communities to manage youth unemployment through the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs)

Source: The Nation Newspapers (04/10/18) - Page 27

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