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ABC pushes for innovative skills and entrepreneurship-focused school curriculum

Worried about the low grades of graduates from Nigerian schools, the American Business Council (ABC) has rallied stakeholders to promote innovative skills and entrepreneurial learning in the Nigerian education system.

Speaking at a recent workshop in Abuja on “Skills for Innovation and Positioning Nigeria”, organized by the American Business Council (ABC) in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abuja, Margaret Olele, Chief Executive of the Council, said it was necessary to boost skills for innovation in Nigeria, address critical challenges in the education space and create an advocacy plan to improve Nigeria’s education framework .

According to her, it has also become very important for stakeholders to pilot initiatives such as Intel’s student/teacher purchase program, to redefine learning in Nigerian institutions and to develop a program that can meet the needs of the fourth industrial revolution to equip Nigerian graduates to compete favorably.

Bongo Adi, Professor of Economics at Lagos Business School (LBS), pointed out that the outdated curriculum was a major challenge for the development of innovative skills in Nigeria.

While emphasizing the need to redesign the program to become industry-focused, Adi said progress has been made on the Skills for Innovation and Positioning Nigeria White Paper, with a view to making employable Nigerian graduates.

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Tinuke Temitope from the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry called for partnership between higher education institutions and industries through internships for undergraduates and graduates. She said it creates opportunities for students to learn on the job.

Rita Amuchienwa, Country Director of Intel, said there is a need for the education system to shift from analog to digital so that graduates become innovative and also have the right skills for industrialization.

“Digitalization is the solution to all problems in education. Using a computer from scratch will get a child to where they are. We should start in kindergarten because whatever you bring to a child, they will grow to think, evaluate and analyze better,” she said.

On his part, Ahamad Kaita, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, said the Committee is working closely with other educational bodies to ensure that Nigerian students in tertiary institutions become competent, productive and enterprising upon graduation.

According to him, the committee is working with the Federal Ministry of Education, TETFUND, Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), National Council of Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE).

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