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NGO advocates skill acquisitions integration into formal education

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By Sylvia Udegbunam, Enugu

A non-government organization, South Saharan Social Development (SSDO), powered by Development Research and Project Centre, in conjunction with Ford Foundation, has advocated for the integration of formal education with skill acquisition for the youths through a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program.

This advocacy was made during a mini conference organised by SSDO in Enugu with theme “Integrating Formal and Informal TVET for skill development.”

The executive director of South Saharan Social Development Organisation, Stanley Ilechukwu, emphasised that there is need for the youths with formal education  to learn skills and add it to their certificates; while those in the informal sector (Artisans) should go for alternative certificate recognition to show that they have knowledge of basic education.

According to him, “What we want to do in this situation is to ensure that nobody is left behind in this process. We want to leverage on the skills the informal educated ones have and also on the theoretical knowledge and the certification that the formal educated have. When you bring them together, both of them can, at the end of this process, have well rounded education.

“TVET open an opportunity for individuals in every area to learn extra skills. People should acquire specific skills; even if they loose their jobs, they can open up their own business and start making money. Learn skills in carpentry, building, IT industry and others, so that you can fend for yourself.”

A participant, who attended the conference, Mr Felix Mba, in an interview, advised the government to equip government technical schools.

The program lead, gender, adolescent and child protection (SSDO), Blessing Uchendu, in his contribution, advised parents to orientate and encourage their children on the positive side of learning skills. She further advised the government to encourage a business-friendly environment by reducing multiple taxations.

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