Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Tell us about your partnerships
Board of Technical and Vocational Education, Oyo State- This body is empowered by the Ministry of Education to oversee vocational education in Oyo State, Nigeria. As one of the most active institutions within their jurisdiction, we work along with them to bring vocational education to the unemployed in the state.
Feyisetan Press, Ibadan: We have partnered with this press for excursions (to introduce our students to the career possibilities in printing and publishing) and Industrial Attachment placements.
StarFM Ibadan: We host "Director's Angle" on StarFM, Ibadan. Director's Angle is an inspiring radio show that targets young people, seeks to empower them with financial information, and also presents information about our academy.
We have also written to (and are pursuing) partnerships with foreign institutions such as Mahatma Gandhi University in India (as Indian schools no doubt, boast of very good vocational education models).
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The Nigerian society, sadly, places a disproportionately higher emphasis on academic education than it does on vocational education. This is perhaps responsible for the high rate of unemployment as our schools churn out unskilled (and therefore unemployable) graduates.
For us, public re-orientation is the key. That has been one of the key reasons for embarking on our radio broadcast, "Director's Angle". We hope to do much more using social media and television.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
Most of our students are unemployed graduates. They often choose to learn the vocations we teach after being battered by the job market. And then, we equip them not only with skills taught in a conducive hands-on environment by qualified teachers, we also teach them entrepreneurship, business development and finance management and encourage them to start their own small scale business initiatives. For some, it becomes as easy as purchasing a camera and becoming an event photographer. For some others, the target is to make themselves so marketable that they begin attracting job offers. Either way, we can boast of many of our graduates who are now positively engaged in profitable ventures.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Mentorship.
Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market