ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION: A TOOL FOR JOB CREATION AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Ofishe, O. Wilson
Keywords: Entrepreneurship education, mentorship education, job creation, sustainable economic development
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2016 2(1), 125-134. Published: July 22, 2016


Abstract

This paper has made an exposition of the significance of entrepreneurship education as a potent tool for equipping beneficiaries to emerge as job creators and economic developers in the midst of escalating rate of unemployment. The focus of this paper is to highlight the importance of entrepreneurship education as a tool for job creation and sustainable economic development in Nigeria. The paper x-rayed the major concept of entrepreneurship education and its role in national development. It also discussed how entrepreneurship education acts as a catalyst for job creation and economic development. Challenges such as inadequate funding, lack of mentorship and unfocused curriculum were also highlighted as constraints to entrepreneurship education. However, useful recommendations such as provision of mentorship and internship programmes, specialized or focused entrepreneurship curriculum and availability of cheap loanable funds to young, graduates with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge were put forward