TRADE IN ART: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS.
Graduate unemployment is one of the issues needed an urgent attention in Nigeria today. Our curriculum needs to be the one that equip our graduating students with some entrepreneurial skills. This could form a foundation for self-employment and self-reliance, thus making them job creators instead of job seekers. They need to be taught how they can creatively apply what they have learnt in school into practical life rather than preparing them for jobs which are not even available out there.
I suggest the NYSC Scheme should further strengthens the partnership with NGO’s and Cooperate bodies to render more applicable practical skill skills acquisition programme for our corp members with no or little entrepreneurial skills at the orientation camps.
Art is one of the feasible tools in skill acquisition programme. An engagement in Art expose young people to exploration, innovation, critical thinking and practical skill acquisition such as in Tie and Dye, printing, decoration e.t.c. However, corp members could trade with the knowledge acquired. Art stimulates creativity and promotes critical thinking skills in an individual.
I would recommend an art support initiative body, ART 4 LIFE. Art 4 Life is a non-profit organization with a platform for young individual to discover, develop and maximize their God given potentials. A platform enterprising graduate could use for further development of their entrepreneurial skills.
Works of Artists from Art 4 Life in Fashion/Textile could be access on:
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, +234(0)8038211788 (da-Costa)