- Entrepreneurship Education : Unveiling The Blind Spots
Entrepreneurship education was taught at Harvard University in 1947 and became popular in business schools since then. Recently around the world the concept has been widely accepted and we even find some schools in Nigeria incorporating it into their curriculum as directed by the National universities commission (2004).
Entrepreneurship education is made up of different types of experiences that give students and learners the skill and sight of accessing and transforming several opportunities, (Olorundare & Kayode, 2004).
The concept goes beyond creating businesses; it also encompasses in it the ability of students to respond to societal barriers and challenges. It has been debated that it is an education given to people with the goal of building entrepreneurial skills backed up with a means for hitch less take off and easy running of business (Ediagbonya, 2013).
It is a popular knowledge that entrepreneurship makes up an important part of the economy. Economic growth arises from the fact of increasing per capita output and income together with constituting change in the setup of business and society. In this country, the tertiary part of education is seen as a place of investing in economic growth and development.
Some benefits of entrepreneurship include; creation of job opportunities, innovations and creativity, reduced unemployment, self-reliance, it helps open up new market both internationally and nationally, it improves the standard of living.
However, it is sad and regrettable that despite the introduction of this concept in our educational system in Nigeria, the desired results have not been achieved or obtained. Many people still come out after undergoing this concept in a (four year on an average) curriculum, but still are not self-reliant, not innovative, not creative and sadly still idle. If this concept was to help solve all our economic problems or maybe some of it, we should have at least experience a turnaround over the years but this is not so. Unemployment is increasing and the economy keeps dwindling.
The only solution to this is a more practical approach. We should not only be taught entrepreneurship as a theory thing but we should be provided with the opportunities to lay our hands on some of these skills and most importantly be challenged into proving innovative changes that would be implemented.
Entrepreneurship education programs should be paid utmost attention if we really want to reap its benefits. We need not deceive ourselves but we need to concentrate more on the practical of this educational concept so we can start enjoying the expected economic growth. The government alongside the educational regulatory bodies should help our institution of learning in deepening the scope of the entrepreneurship studies they are probably offering already in the curriculum; or better still, they should have a review of this concept in the school.
However, the fact that we are not reaping from this concept now doesn’t mean it should be scrapped. Entrepreneurship education should be a lifelong learning process. It should not only be offered at the tertiary institutions but should start from our primary stage of education.
We can only enjoy the fruit of entrepreneurship if we begin by fixing its education in our school system.
- Oluwaponmile Sanni