Entrepreneurial learning should start from elementary school, says Arowojolu
As part of efforts to fast track economic growth, Life-Baker International School has harped on the need to introduce entrepreneurial skills to children at an early stage.
The proprietress, Deaconess Alice Arowojolu who spoke at the fourth graduation and prize-giving ceremony of the school said primary education is the best stage to start grooming the children in entrepreneurial skills.
She said, “We need to remove our societal bias that treats vocation as inferior and allow it to grow our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) especially with the challenge of high unemployment rate in the country. Entrepreneurship would give room for another stream of income.
“This would enable the children to be independent early in life and make them relevant to the society. When they get to the higher institution with the vocation they can assist in whatever way they can.
“Government alone cannot solve the problems in the country, all hands must be on deck to move the nation forward economically. As Life-Baker is contributing its best to ensure that anyone that finished from the school have learnt a skill, others should see it as a welcome development.
The proprietress also stressed the need for pupils to be computer literate at an early stage to meet up with the demands of the 21st century.
“Being computer literate is necessary to match the demands of this present time. If you are not computer literate, there will be no place for you in the world.
On her part, the school principal, Oyeleye Busayo said the entrepreneurship initiative is geared towards instilling confidence in the children as part of the broader efforts to develop the nation’s economy.
“This is pivotal to the economy of the nation. It is something that will help every child in the country to be a responsible citizen. The school runs the entrepreneurship from primary to secondary schools for free and the children are excited about it. We want the children to take their destiny in their hands, they don’t have to wait for anyone to give them job when they can create one themselves.”
She also charged the students to live by the moral standards that the school has instilled in them.
Twenty nine pupils graduated from nursery school, 51 in junior secondary, 36 in senior secondary and 12 in basic six.