Entrepreneurial education in teacher training programmes as a tool for reducing unemployment in Nigeria

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Keswet, L. A., Damar, D.N. and Agbowuro, C.

The problem of unemployment has remained intractable even in developed economies of the world. Unemployment is one of the social problems in Nigeria which has assumed a greater dimension. The Nigeria unemployment rate was recorded at 12.1% in the first quarter of 2016, translating into 20.57million. The situation in Nigeria is inherent in its economic capitalist system as policy makers are not committed to evolve pragmatic measures capable of reducing unemployment to the barest minimum. This treatise discusses the role of entrepreneurship education and trainings in solving the lingering problem of unemployment, particularly among youths. This role includes the development of human resources through formal programs in entrepreneurship education and teacher training, to implement curricula that emphasize the development of entrepreneurship knowledge and skills, hence promoting entrepreneurial and small enterprises creation and growth within local communities through training programs or consultancy services. The disquisition highlights the importance of developing entrepreneurship skills by embedding entrepreneurship teaching throughout the education system, providing information, advice, coaching and mentoring, facilitating access to funding and support infrastructure for business start-up, with the ultimate result of mitigating youth unemployment problem in the country. The exposition features the dimensions, causes of unemployment, problems associated with unemployment, the need to train teachers in entrepreneurship education and what teacher training program should include in the bid to reduce unemployment. The blurb suggests among others, the development of skills, infrastructure and sound curricula as well as training the trainers. The tractate emphasizes properly and well implemented Entrepreneurship Education and arresting population explosion.

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