Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship, SAGE, to educate students on the need for entrepreneurship and Community Service Education across the country.
The Director General, SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Radda who stated this yesterday in Abuja, noted the partnership was aimed at creating the culture of entrepreneurship and stimulate students toward job creation rather than job seeking as they create micro businesses in their various communities.
Radda noted National School Entrepreneurship Programme NSEP, is to provide access to functional and hands-on entrepreneurship and community service education to every primary and secondary school students in the country.
He said the programme would help eliminate poverty, conflicts and massive unemployment among the youths in Nigeria.
According to him, “It will channel the energy of youths to positive and productive ends as they are prepared for the challenges of business leadership and civic responsiveness”. In his part, Africa President of SAGE Mr. Agwu Amogu said the initiative will help in identifying the potential of young people early enough and help them develop it. Amogu said that the programme would also create a network of leaders who would see the challenges in their communities as their responsibilities.
He added that, “260,000 pupils will be directly impacted in the first year as they create over 2,600 micro businesses and community service projects”.
According to him, “Over 5000 teachers will be trained on how to deliver hands-on entrepreneurship and community service education to students in primary and secondary schools”.
SAGE’s mission is to help create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social enterprises address the major unmet needs of the global community.

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