● Advocates inclusion of entrepreneurial training in school curriculum
As the saying goes ‘Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’, FCM Travel Solutions Nigeria has initiated its #TeachToFish project, an initiative focused on empowering teenagers within the age of 15-20.
The Travel Management Company (TMC) launched the project by organizing training on Digital Marketing, Shoe Making, Soap Making etc. for Senior Secondary Students at Herbert Macaulay Girls High School and Birrel Comprehensive High School in Adekunle-Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday, May 17, 2021.
Students were also enlightened on career opportunities that exist in the aviation industry.
The Head of Business, FCM Nigeria, Adejoju Sikuade said the motive of the #TeachToFish initiative was to encourage creativity among young Nigerians as well create more room for employment. She said: “In a report published by the World Bank in 2020, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in most economies, especially developing countries. Having this understanding, we saw an opportunity to invest in young Nigerians by training them on some entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy and also enlighten them on career opportunities that exist in the aviation industry other than becoming a pilot”.
“With the global pandemic causing a tremorous shift in the way businesses operate and a huge reduction in jobs, there is no better time to enlighten our people, especially the young ones, on becoming creative entrepreneurs and SME owners in the near future. We therefore wish to suggest to the Government and the Ministry of Education that entrepreneurial skills be included in secondary school students’ curriculum,” Adejoju added.
Bankole Bernard, an Industry Expert and President of AATO (Association of Approved Aviation Training Organizations in Nigeria) who also graced the event and shared insights on how he started as an entrepreneur in the aviation industry by selling tickets also added that students should be taught financial literacy and business management at an early stage.
The Principals of both schools who spoke through their Vice Principals, Mr. Rabiu Olamide for Birrel Comprehensive High School and Mrs. Ogunleye for Herbert Macaulay Girls High School expressed their gratitude to the organization, stating that the initiative brought cheer to the students.
The Travel Management Company , FCM Travel Solutions Nigeria, also announced that it will be sponsoring a further training of the three best students who were selected at the end of the program as well as a tour of one of the reputable aviation training schools in Nigeria. The three best students who were selected are Owoeye Mary for Shoe Making, Mohammed Mariam for Soap/Sanitizer production and Stephen for Digital Marketing.
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