Foundation trains youths on vocational, entrepreneurial skills
Founder, Auntlanda Bethel Foundation, Dr Yolanda George-David, has advised youths to add vocational skills and entrepreneurship to their studies to promote creativity and productivity.
She made the call at a one-day training programme organised by the foundation’s free tertiary academic workshop held in Lagos. George-David said these programmes would reengineer Nigeria’s economic situation and reposition the country despite economy downturn.
She, therefore, enjoined youths to get involved in entrepreneurship empowerment programmes of their interests. Participants were trained in catering, hair and wig making, soap making and perfume making, gele and turban making, digital marketing training, photo album and photo book, among others.
She emphasised the importance of entrepreneurship education and empowerment, noting that the process can liberate them from poverty. George –David who taught participants gele and turban tying, counselled on how they can have multiple sources of income.
Other resource persons were Deborah Eniola, who taught participants on primary and adult education and Cynthia Nwaje who took them on hair and wig making, among others.
Speaking to one of the beneficiaries, Mr Peter Uche argued that since the wheel of development of any country can be premised on youth creativity, parents, teachers as well as government must ensure that youths are empowered with skills and knowledge that would make them self-reliant and job creators.
To move the nation forward, George-David advocated support for entrepreneurship education and funding. Uche appreciated the foundation for the empowerment gesture and urged government and stakeholders to support the youths.