Experts have stressed the need for Nigerian youths to acquire entrepreneurial, financial, leadership and vocational skills.
They made the call in Ibadan, during the 10th anniversary of Teens Going for Gold Network, a development initiative committed to providing underserved teenagers across Nigeria with 21st-century learning experiences.
Founded in November 2012, the initiative seeks to empower teenagers to become financially self-reliant and active global citizens through its series of training projects, programmes and publications.
The Executive Director and founder, of Teens Going for Gold Network, Pelumi Obisesan, said since its inception, the development initiative has held 29 e-seminars, 12 sessions of the project to teach a teen- their summer programmes for underserved teenagers, periodic school conferences called Project Inspire and 10 publications.
She said: “Our experience working in education over the past ten years has revealed that real change is rooted in information and data.”
According to her, vocational skills that have been taught over the years include barbing, bag making, cake baking, gele tying and facial makeup, graphics design, soap and perfume making and web design, while the projects and publications have directly reached 12,384 teenagers.
In commemoration of the milestone, the organisation hosted a panel discussion with the theme, ‘Achieving Equitable Quality Education in Nigeria’, with the executive directors of other education-focused institution in attendance.