• Friday, June 21, 2024
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Boost for learning as JA Nigeria enhances students’ entrepreneurial talent

Boost for learning as JA Nigeria enhances students’ entrepreneurial talent

Junior Achievement Nigeria has launched an online training programme that would enable it to teach senior secondary school students how to start and run their businesses.

The five-week training known as the JA Nigeria Digital Company Programme, would engage students on Zoom and would teach them how to develop a product or service and market their brand with the support of a volunteer.

Transitioning from analogue to digital training is expected to empower more high school students to gain skills for business success, foster innovation and become employers of labour.

Speaking at the launch of the digital company programme in Lagos, Olaolu Akogun, acting executive director of Junior Achievement Nigeria, said the organisation has transformed thousands of young people across Nigeria in over two decades by providing them with the skills necessary for entrepreneurship through engagement with seasoned volunteers.

According to him, this innovative initiative aims to equip young individuals with the essential skills and knowledge to launch and manage their enterprises, preparing them for an increasingly digital world.

Akogun said the goal of JA Nigeria is to generate awareness, ignite interest, and stimulate curiosity among stakeholders, ensuring that youth are empowered to shape the future of entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

“Through this programme, we are committed to collaboration, working closely with sponsors, government entities, educational institutions, and industry leaders to broaden our reach and enhance our impact,” he said.

Akogun further said that moving from analogue to digital for the Company Programme, he is reminded that no good initiative is sustainable without a partnership.

He said that with the right partnership, JA Nigeria can nurture innovative entrepreneurs and create a brighter future for all.

“I invite you all to join us on this exciting journey as we explore the benefits and key features of the Digital Company Programme through interactive experiences, presentations, and discussions. Let us embrace entrepreneurship education in schools and colleges and shape the future of Nigeria’s next generation of leaders and innovators,” he said.

He enjoined all stakeholders to explore the benefits and key features of the programme through interactive experiences, presentations, and discussions.

“Let us embrace entrepreneurship education in schools and colleges and shape the future of Nigeria’s next generation of leaders and innovators,” Akogun added.

Also speaking, Morenike Onatunde, assistant chief education officer commended JA Nigeria for its commitment to nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.

She said the government is excited with this new approach as it would further help students to engage with the digital company materials in their respective locations.

Akogun commended the board members for their consistent support and guidance in JA Nigeria operations, and its sponsors – PMIEF, Boeing, and ACT Foundation for their unwavering belief in empowering secondary school students across the country.

“We believe that through the programme, you will be transformed and equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in life,” he said.