Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.
Nigerian youths are the worst hit under the current economic quagmire. Poverty, hunger and unemployment among the youth are high and cut across all social strata. This initiative is aimed at equipping the youth, children and women with entrepreneurial skills needed to survive in global economy.
What makes your idea unique?
Our educational system lacks what the present economy required. There is a big gap between what we learn in the schools and what the society needs presently. We are being thought how to work for others and not for ourselves. That is why our educational institutions have continuously produced school leavers and graduates who are ill equipped to take up opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurial activities. And today they all roam about the streets looking for non-existent jobs.
The picture is grimmer when juxtaposed against the fact that the young people are the future hope of the nation. Therefore, urgent steps need to be taken to remedy the situation fast; otherwise we would continue to build the nation on a fragile foundation of disorganized and unproductive youth population, experience high unemployment rates leading to poverty and hunger and be unable to meet the MDG goals.
The university graduates are the exact representation of the learning they acquired in the university. The situation of still trying to make a living with the assumptions, habits and tools of the bygone era must be confronted head-on. Time has come to embark on intensive re-orientation of youth to improve the quality of graduates and salvage Nigeria’s productive capacity. This effort must include transformation of Nigerian youths, if it will have the desired impact.
This project is aimed at inculcating in the youths the spirit of self-employment and entrepreneurial activities in order to produce successful entrepreneurs willing to establish businesses/professions that will generate employment opportunities and support wealth creation and poverty reduction.
What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)
Children & Youth
, Youth development
, Youth leadership
, Development & Prosperity
, Community development
, Economic development
, Income generation
, Poverty alleviation
, Rural development
, Sustainable development
, Public Participation & Engagement
, Citizen participation
, Democracy and voting
What impact have you had?
South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO) is a duly registered non-profit organization in Nigeria, with the primary focus of equipping young people, children and women with socio-political, economic and business skills needed to survive and compete favourably in a vastly changing and urbanizing sub Saharan Africa.
Since its inception in 1999, SSDO has become a viable platform for many young people, women and children to learn about and explore their talent in a non-destructive, mutually reinforcing and respectful manner that empowers them to exploit their full citizenship. Recognizing that full citizenship can only be achieved through economic, social and political independence, SSSDO also provides its target groups with a set of financial and non-financial services and tools to strengthen their life-long skills and income and minimize their interest in anti-social activities.
SSDO envision a society where sustainable development is achieved for young people, children and women.
Its mission is to empower youth, children and women socially and economically to be able to take advantage of their full citizenship by creating economic opportunities through functional education, training, guidance, research, development, and service provision.
Our core values include: transparency, honesty, team spirit and equity and justice.
SSDO in an effort towards achieving sustainable development for its target group focuses on:
- Economic empowerment opportunities through entrepreneurship and business development
- Self-help activities through cooperative development
- Citizens rights and participation through democracy and governance
- Research, education, development, documentation and external relations
Our achievements over the years are very commendable.
Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.
It is a common knowledge that the Nigerian children, youths and women are the worst hit under the current economic quagmire. Poverty, hunger and unemployment among the youth are high and cut across all social strata – even those with considerable levels of education. Despite the vast opportunities presented by natural endowment and information technology, there are generally few youth involved in viable economic activities. There is therefore need for sustainable economic programmes to workout and establish procedures and sustainable frameworks for ensuring youth active participation in sustainable economic opportunities and good governance.
This initiative has aroused the interest of Nigerian youths to actively participate in different viable economic and/or income generating opportunities.
Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.
The main activity undertaken includes helping to promote the development of entrepreneurship education and create awareness on the significant contribution of entrepreneurship to poverty reduction.
- promote and implement entrepreneurship education and development activities
- promote and initiate movement to movement linkages (sharing of knowledge and experience, promote trade links between entrepreneurs, etc)
- produce, collect and disseminate knowledge on successful initiatives and good practice - target communities, entrepreneurs, decision-makers within governments, etc)