Teaching handicraft for effective youth, national development

Pupils learning arts and design
Pupils learning arts and design

Nigeria’s education policymakers are not bereft of ideas but often they and their patrons lack the political will to implement the nation’s ambitious agenda of raising enterprise-minded schoolchildren based on the teaching of handicraft in schools as espoused in the primary and secondary school curriculum. Head, Education Desk, IYABO LAWAL writes

He watched as the machines threaded the material into fine shapes. His intent gaze examined every single worker as they passionately produced one of the men’s favourite fashion accessories – the bow tie. A smile of approval formed on his face as his eyes glistened with accomplishment.

At age nine, he is already an entrepreneur. Please meet, Nelson Ashinze, the nine-year-old Nigerian designer. He has become a metaphor for the teaching of handcraft in the country’s primary and secondary schools.In acknowledgment of the prodigy, former minister of state for industry trade and investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, said the Federal Government would support young Ashinze to realise his dream and potential as a designer. The young boy already owns a clothing line. It is called Nelson George Clothing.

The government promised to support him by ensuring that the boy will benefit from the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria and Bank of Industry (BoI)’s assistance. “We are going to make sure that he has the adequate training on entrepreneurship skills. We have BoI that will provide machines when he is in need of machines. We are going to help him access loan from the bank. We are promoting made-in-Nigeria products.

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