Summer lessons are a great way to engage young children during the long vacations, more so is the Entrepreneurial lessons as it help to awaken the spirit of self reliant in them. This can be said as a result of the positive feedbacks and testimonies received from the maiden edition of the Teen Summer Camp which held in 2016. Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) organized 2017 edition of the training programmme which held from 8th – 18th August, at the Abuja Entrepreneurial Complex, Jahi.
The training programme which was designed to build the capacity of teenagers through the provision of Entrepreneurship Education and Skills Acquisition aimed at instilling a culture of entrepreneurship and self-reliance amongst the teenagers in order to encourage and prepare them for to start seeing opportunities that abound in entrepreneurship.
The training programme had a total of 21 participants in attendance and was comprised of Classroom Learning on Entrepreneurship, Skills Acquisition and a Study Tour.
The classroom learning which was aimed at introducing the teenagers to the basics and general concepts of entrepreneurship treated topics like Introduction to entrepreneurship, Choosing a business name, creating business fliers, Costing, budgeting and price setting and Business record and savings. At the end of each topic under the classroom learning, the participants were grouped and given series of activities on the topics treated. By the end of the entrepreneurship class, participants were able to generate a viable business ideas, develop a unique business names, create flyers and other informational materials for their businesses, set prices for their products, produce realistic budgets for their businesses create a book for their accounting records.
The skills acquisition component of the training was designed to provide hands on knowledge to the participants on simple and profitable skills which can be developed and taken up as part time jobs in the future. The skills considered under this segment of the training are: ICT (Coding & Programming), Catering, Handcraft (Beads making), Calligraphy and Perfumery.
The participants were grouped into three (3) according to their areas of interest for the ICT (coding & programming), Catering and Handcraft skills while they all participated in the learning of the other two (2) skills.
The teenagers were taught extensively on these set skills and before the end of the training programme, most of the participants have mastered the crafts and started producing tangible products.
In order to expose the teenagers to experiential learning and offer them first-hand information about the procedure and management of a business enterprise, a study tour was introduced to this edition of the training programme. One of Nigeria’s renowned outfits in arts, crafts and fashion, Ashake Arts Gallery was selected as an ideal skill centre for the study tour exercise and one of its Arts Centre situated at Lugbe was visited for the study tour.
At the centre, a staff of the organization showed the participants round the art gallery where they saw several paintings, artworks representing the diverse cultures in the country, and they were told the historic stories inspiring these artworks.
The participants were also taken to the section of the centre where ankara and batik prints are produced and they were shown the different stages of the production process.
During the closing ceremony, Mr Chudi Ugwuada Ezirigwe who represented the MD/CEO of Abuja Enterprise Agency, Arabi Muhammed Tukur advised the participants to imbibe, showcase and improve on what they have learnt during the session. “Ensure that you sustain the skill, knowledge acquired by constant practice and also attend next Summer Camp to improve on already acquired skill & knowledge”, he said.
Mr Ezirigwe promised that AEA is always willing and ready to assist or partner whenever the need arises, “As entrepreneur I encourage you to register your business with the Agency so that our business counselors can inculcate in your further entrepreneurial skill, get your ideas to be put inform of bankable business plan so your business can grow and get sustained.
The young entrepreneurs exhibited different products produced. The five (5) best participants with the most creative and realistic business ideas made presentations on their business ideas and they were all recipients of different gift prizes.
Speaking at the event, one of the parents, Hajiya Aisha Zakari, commended the Agency for such a laudable cause while reiterating that children are the leaders of tomorrow and the inability to engage the children is the bane of the country’s development.
The teenagers were all excited to be participants at this edition of the training programme and they confirmed that they will like to take set up and start their own businesses in the future.
The event ended with presentations of certificates to the participants and a group photograph
By Ifeyinwa Amulu