SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BOOTCAMP

Setting youths in ideation procss

Youth unemployment in Nigeria is on the rise. Pointer to this was the ill-fated recruitment exercise of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) where no fewer than 500,000 youths applied for a recruitment exercise to fill less than 5,000 vacancies in the service. The NIS recruitment is one out of the hundreds of the recruitment cases where the applicants is in multiple folds of the available positions.

According to the National Bureau of statistics (NBS), unemployment rate in 2014 was 24.6% but staggering at 33.5% in 2019. The number of unemployed graduates in the labour market is worrisome. But more to this, is the quality of graduates produced by our current educational system. Various employers of labour and government agencies have repeatedly stated that Nigerian graduates are unemployable. Then we wonder how will Nigerian graduates be employable when all they are given as education for five years in the university are junks. They were trained with curriculum that has lost touch from the current realities.

Sadly however, despite this deficiency in the educational system more youths are still exploring this path because of the societal expectation on the certificate which didn’t latter bring satisfaction for them but frustration that latter lead some of them to anti-social vices. Of the truth, education is essential to the development of any nation but we need to pause and ask ourselves what type of education we need to make this happen.

Meanwhile, some graduates who are scared of unemployment embarked on skill acquisition out of frustration of the educational system but not from need necessity perspective which latter failed to give them livelihood.

Sustainable Development Bootcamp therefore serves as a finishing school where youths are exposed to the process of ideation that leads to need necessitated incubation and enterprise development. Youths are offered in-class training on Idea generation, Problem Analysis, System Thinking among others and hands-on training on agric-prodution, agric-value chains, market development among others.