Lagos urges public-private sector collaboration on career guidance

Permanent Secretary/Tutor General, Lagos State Education District vi, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Onadipe (left); Head of Legal/PR, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Andrew Enahoro; and Principal, Oregun Junior High School, Mrs. Adenike Oresanya, at a career guidance workshop for pupils of the school.

The Lagos State government has called for a public-private sector partnership in order to chart a career path for secondary school pupils.

Permanent Secretary/Tutor General, Lagos State Education District six, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Onadipe who stated this at the maiden edition of a career guidance workshop organised by Promasidor Nigeria Limited, posited that to develop an education system that is relevant to national development and industrial growth, private sector operators must support government’s efforts to boost career awareness among secondary school students.

Speaking at the event tagged ‘Harness your dream’ held at Oregun Junior High School, Ikeja, Onadipe said, “I am very excited about the initiative. I am glad to know that a corporate organisation like Promasidor is thinking in this direction. We need to nurture the kids as they grow. It is about catching them young. When we help them to nurture their career interests, they grow up with a clear picture of what they want to do. I am so happy with Promasidor Nigeria for this noble idea, and I pray that other companies will do a similar thing. The participants are currently in Junior Secondary School class three. What this means is that they already know exactly the subjects they will focus on in their senior classes.”

On his part, the Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson said the programme would help the students to marry their passion and talents to make the right choice adding, ‘Harness your dream’ targets JSS3 students because of the sensitive nature of the class.

Represented by the company’s Head of Legal and Public Relations, Andrew Enahoro the company boss further explained that the initiative is a catch-them-young scheme.

“This implies that the young people who go through the process will have the rare opportunity of subjecting their options to a clinical test before they start learning the essential subjects required to be the best in their chosen professions.”

He added, “The programme is an interface between students and experts who have excelled tremendously in their chosen career; each giving the students hands-on experience. This is worthwhile at a time when the gap between theory and practice is widening. This will also create an opportunity for mentorship that will last for a lifetime.”

Einarsson explained that the programme is part of the company’s efforts to impart directly on pupils. Describing it as a pilot edition, he added that Promasidor was committed to its success as a pan-Nigerian forum.

The Principal of the school, Mrs. Adenike Oresanya said the pupils left the workshop more enlightened about their career options. She was particularly happy with emerging careers such as Information and Communication Technology, which the students were exposed to.

The primary objective of ‘Harness your dreams’ initiative is to help public school pupils understand varieties of career options and guide them along their career paths.



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