A Private Organization, ‘From School To Work Africa’, has trained teachers of the St. Fransiscan Nursery and Primary School, Ilesa, Osun State on Employment and Entrepreneurship Education with the aim of addressing the knowledge gaps between what students are taught in schools and what is obtainable in the society after graduating from school.
Using the ‘Workteck – Employment and Entrepreneurship Preparatory Handbook’, Prince Abiodun Lufadeju, Team Lead, From School To Work Africa, explained that teachers have not been able to create a linkage between what they teach students in the classrooms and what the students are faced with in the society.
Prince Lufadeju mentioned that this factor is responsible for the increase in unemployment in the society as graduates are unable to relate what they have learnt to the current realities.
He said, “teachers do not teach the skills of making income from whatever they teach their students and graduates are wondering how they can generate income based on what they have been taught in schools.”
Giving an illustration, Prince Lufadeju explained that, “a mathematician is wondering how he is able to use longitude and latitude to get a job” and corrected the notion of graduates looking for a job, but rather, they should seek “employment and livelihood opportunities.”
Lufadeju also noted that there are unearned incomes which people are not tapping into.
He thereafter mentioned that “teachers need to be psychologically reprocessed so they can equip their students with the necessary skills,” adding that, “no child is too young to learn about employment and entrepreneurship opportunities as children in other climes are equipped with similar and higher skills.”
Teachers who were part of the training shared that the training session was revealing and attested that it would serve purpose for the pupils in St. Fransiscan.
The ‘Workteck – Employment and Entrepreneurship Preparatory Handbook’ is available for Primary school, Junior and Senior Secondary schools as well as graduates.