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ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION AS A RECIPE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

E C Onyenemezu

Abstract


The wheel of development of any country grossly depend on how productive and creative the youths and graduates of that country are. Stake holders (parents, teachers and government) have the obligation of ensuring that youths in their various communities are empowered by training them either formally, non-formally or informally. This paper focuses on entrepreneurship education as a recipe for effective community development in Nigeria. The paper highlights on the place of entrepreneurship education in achieving effective community development and possible challenges of entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurial education is considered in this paper as an offering which tools learners with knowledge, skills and attitudes to be an entrepreneur – an innovator, the person who develops a new product, a new market, or a new means of production. Inadequate funding, shortage of manpower, illiteracy among others were identified as some of the challenges of entrepreneurship education in community development delivery. Finally, the study recommended that apart from improving funding by the government, the communities should embrace strictly the entrepreneurship education policy of the federal government. There should be seminars on entrepreneurial skills in development in our communities.

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