Importance Of Entrepreneurship Education In Nigeria

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Entrepreneurship education is said to be a globally acknowledged programme of study which seeks to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success in different levels of education (Koko & Ikpesu, 2009). It is the training of individuals to understand and develop key entrepreneurial attributes, skills and behaviours. Skills such as creativity, innovativeness, quick decision-making and risk-taking have being identified as relevant to those who have an interest in starting and growing their own business and are also relevant to all in the workplace and in daily activities even in managing homes Alutu & Uzamere (2011). These skills can be delivered through academic programs which have a stronger effect…show more content…
This according to Labo-Popoola et al, (2009) may be due to the fact that it is the foundation of the whole educational pursuit which is expected to lead to literacy, the enlightenment of the citizens and self-reliance for national development. Primary education in Nigeria was designed to strictly prepare young people for the world of work and higher studies rather than training on self-reliance for human development and national growth as emphasis was laid on subject delivery which will give them adequate knowledge in the next level of the educational system Federal Republic of Nigeria, (2004) and Koko & Ikpesu, (2009). The importance of primary school education cannot be ignored as it is seen in the sense that all beneficiaries of the other levels of education by necessity have to pass through this level (Oni,…show more content…
Others have defined entrepreneurship as offering something new or a new way of doing things for the betterment of mankind and making a profit in the process. (Mellor, Coulton, Chick, Bifulco, Mello & Fisher, 2009). Amiri & Marimaei, (2012) sees it as the creation, building and distribution of something of value from practically nothing to individuals, groups, organisations and society. They summed up by stating that it involves planning and organising small business ventures through the mobilisation of people and resources to meet people’s needs. An entrepreneur can be regarded as a person who has the initiative skill and motivation to set up a business or enterprise of his own and who always looks for high achievements. He is the catalyst for social change and works for the common good. They look for opportunities, identify them and seize them mainly for economic gains (Manual on Entrepreneurship Development, n.d.). According to Schumpeter in Amiri & Marimaei, (2012) entrepreneurship is a process of change where innovation is the most vital function of the entrepreneur. It is the basic requirement for economic development in a free enterprise or mixed economy where innovation is the basis of development. Innovation in a system can increase the marginal productivity of the factors of production. In general,

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