THEME: LEARNING TO LEARN FOR LIFE AND WORK.
Vocational education can be traced back to the Babylonian empire,it comprises of skills trade and technical education. Traditionally, girls are groomed by their mothers and boys are sent to learn from skilled craft men. In 2014 the United Nations general assembly marked the 15th of July for the celebration of the world youth day to emphasis the importance of technical and vocational youth skills. According to UN reports , youths account for 16% of global population between 15-24. The youth skills day celebration is important because it will serve as a road map to creating decent jobs and boosting economic growth in a world where unemployment and underemployment provoke revolutions.
Nigeria’s labour market is certificate driven with a large percentage of youths unemployed and unskilled . It is imperative that youths are encouraged to acquire skills that would advance technological innovations,industrialization and entrepreneurial development like the Asian giants. Engaging youths in vocational training will provoke a shift from the certificate driven labour market to a skills specialization driven labour market where the employees demonstrate their practical skills to the best of their ability. Encouraging vocational training will also reduce the crime rate in the country as most youths will be engaged in more productive ventures that develop their intellect and competence. It will also help promote gender equality as women will be given the opportunity to explore there potentials in having different skill sets. Brain drain will be reduced to a minimal level as youths will be engaged in a highly competitive entrepreneurial market.
As part of our mission and vision in line with our goal to educate youths across the nation, lets talk humanity initiative encourages youths across Nigeria to take up different vocational training that would enable them to get skills to lift out of poverty and promote economic growth.
LETS TALK HUMANITY, LETS TALK YOUTH EDUCATION.