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Monday, 5 November 2018

FRACON6 LECTURES

Dr Mrs Chinyere Nwajiuba


The Youth- Which Generation?
She classified Youths into two generations Viz;
Millennials (Age 24 – 38) Gen z (13 – 23 )

She focused on the Z GENERATION:
You are a unique generation, That actually require to be different. Unique in the sense that you are the products of globalization. (Uwa ohuru- agburu ohu)

2 billion of them in Africa/30% of the world population (The United Nations World population prospects (2015 Revision) , this group represents 31% of Nigeria’s approximately 60 million youth population, their formative years occurred in the early 2000’s to the early 2010’s when the major socioeconomic trend was the democratization of Nigeria’s institutions and the liberalization of its economy.
The Nigerian new generation grew up amid economic decline in the world markets that marked the great recession, amid not very good experiences of religious insurgence, killings,(Boko Haram) kidnapping , you grew up in an environment where violence, cultism and other social vices in Nigeria are not uncommon phenomena poor education system (poor teachers/ knowledge and skills)

Harsh economic conditions, cultural shifts in social norms, technological advances, and world events (Globalization) which have contributed to shaping your thoughts, values and views, Very different from the previous generation ( 1982, 1970—) attributes/values- connected through digital devices, (digital natives), shaped by social media, like music, self centered, self expressive, and most importantly lazy, lost, dream about being entrepreneur, like money, eat without work(sweet and no sweat) etc


OUR WORRY AND THE UNFOLDING REALITY

Over 36.3million youths in Nigeria’s labour force, out of whom 13.6 million are either underemployed or unemployed ,60% of the Nigeria population is made up young people below the age of 35 years(National Bureau Statistics, 2016).
Average of 1.8 million graduates enter Nigeria’s labour market annually Only about 40% get some form of employment Others become entrepreneurs, while the rest remain unemployed The unemployment situation in Nigeria implies absence of jobs, which is indicated by over 60% unemployed Nigerian youths among whom 51.9% are females and 48.1% are males (NBS, 2012).
Presently, about 300 million are unemployed, Most lack some sort of Competency or skills or vocational education and training(VET) or Entrepreneurship skills (ESD)
Beyond that, the gross mismatch of many degrees, certificates, and diplomas obtained in Nigeria with skill gaps and current demands in the job market is also disturbing.
Focus of the training offered in Universities are not in tune with the demands of the society(making the youths unemployable).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE…?

1. DISCOVER YOUR TALENT(we are born with distinct talents and gifts that set us apart from others)

2.FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
“Ephesians 2:10 –for we are God’s handiwork Created in Christ Jesus to do good works, Which God prepared in advance for us to do”

3.PRAY TO GOD
“He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs”(Exodus: 35:35)

SOME CONTEMPORARY VOCATIONAL SKILLS

• Photography

• Digital marketing skill

• Food services

• Manufacturing skill

• Liquid soap, bar soap, Ointments, balm, shea butter detergent, coconut oil

• Cosmetology

• Fashion design

• Wig , weave-on and braids making

• Growing natural hair artists

• Hair styles and beauty services

• Carpentry skills

• Wood carving and repairs

• Electricians, gardeners, mason, painting, tyling, plumber, technicians,

• Organizers and implementers of rural transformation programmes.

PRE-VOCATIONAL SKILLS…VERY IMPORTANT


• Responsibility and Integrity


• Time management

• Personal appearance

• Critical thinking and Problem solving ability

• Positive attitude

• Communication skills

• Humility

• Creativity,Imagination AND Collaboration Soft skills are more important than academic qualification, Soft Skills would be even more important in the future.


…these skills are rarely thought and harnessed in schools

Therefore, should be embedded in the education system (early).
 
ENTREPRENEUR SKILLS
• Personal characteristics (Optimistic, Vision, Initiative, self control, Resilience)

• Interpersonal skills(leadership, motivation, communication skills, active listener, emotional intelligence, ethics)

• Critical thinking and creativity thinking skills(problem solving, recognizing opportunity, creativity, innovative)

• Practical skills(Goal setting, management skills, organizational skills, decision making, knowledgeable)

CHALLENGES

• mentality on Vocational training, Acute shortage of high caliber of instructional personnel at all levels of vocational technical education in Nigeria, lack of modern training facilities and equipment and funding.

• Lack of fund, Political instability, Negligence on the part of government

PROSPECTS
• Recently, there have been several measures to promote vocational training in Nigeria/Entrepreneurship. Government Agencies, Banks, NGOs, charitable foundations, Schools and CHURCH

LANGUAGE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMME
• Writing

• Reading

• Speaking

• Listening


OUTSTANDING ROLE OF VOCATIONAL SKILL TRAINING(VST) IN NIGERIAN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

VOCATIONAL SKILLS…
• Through education, training, the creation of employment opportunities, and possible help in starting their own businesses (entrepreneurial training and start-up facilities); VST ought to play the following role in Nigerian national development:

ROLES…

• Provide ample employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths –be them graduates or school drop-outs! The practical skills acquired through vocational and technical training programmes would enable them function profitably in society, and chart-out a new career path for them.

• Equip the nation with the requisite manpower required for its technological transformation. The technical knowledge, skills and competencies so acquired would increase the pace of technological innovation and/or improvement in the service, and industrial sectors of the national economy to boost service deliveries, facilities maintenance and product development

• Assist Nigeria to maintain its material civilization by enabling individuals to keep pace with the rapidly changing industrial and technological development. In the course of the technological and economic transformation of the country, skills acquired through vocational and technical training programmes, on a massive scale, would boost development in all sectors of the nation’s economy.

CONCLUSION
Considering the increase in the rate of unemployment of Nigerian youth, it is believed that acquisition of vocational skills /entrepreneurship remains the viable option to become self-employed, reduce unemployment, poverty and empower the youths to develop their businesses, pursue their dreams and contribute to overall productive capacity and national economic growth and development.


Career Seminar/motivational talk by CHIEF DR. CHRIS UWADOKA
Chief Chris Uwadoka guest speaker and teacher at the 2018 FRACON6,started by sharing a printed mail from a vice chancellor to his staff,children,friends and associates,Subjected for passion on work.
Dr Uwadoka by ultimateuc on Scribd
Speaking on the topic, he divided the youths into subgroups to study the mail and at the end answer preceeding questions.
In the course of his questions and answer he demonstrated a high spirit of humor,encouragement,entertainment as he applaud the vibrant and participating youths as the intelligently answer his questions attached to the mail.
Furthermore,he connected the mail stiry to the theme of FRACON 6 and admolish each youth to deligently work hard.
At the end of his teaching,a slogan was adopted as a youth answered a question “If you cant beat them you stand out”



LEADERSHIP AND CAREER BY PROF.CHINEDUM NWAJIUBA
The V.C FUNI, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba in a wonderful capacity made his presence available and also Delivered a lecture on Leadership and Career at the FRACON 6 held at St Peters Anglican Church Umuariam Obowo.
In his opening remark appreciated the  Bishop Rt Rev.D.O.C Onuoha for his presence and privilege  to deliver the lecture to the teaming youth of Okigwe South Diocese .
Defining Leadership, said a leader  must have a follower. A leadership is manager giving Direction. In the same sense define Career as a professional vocation ,Job or occupation  one does to earn a living .After his definitions, he interacted with the youths knowing their favorite leader and why they have chosen the figure as their favorite.
Leaders can be political, religious,financial,traditional or cultural spheres of life.
Furthermore, he examined the qualities of a good leader saying they are courageous, non discrimination, accountable ,humble,sincere ,honest and brave.
A group therefore without leadership is a Mob.
Biblical examples of biblical leaders are David and Nehemiah, urge the youths to exhibit the biblical qualities Nehemiah demonstrated in  other to stand out.
Speaking on career, interacted with the youths on the type of career they would want to engage into and advice them to follow the necessary procedures in order to actualize their dreams. He urge them to prepare for the future and be ready to adapt to changes.


In conclusion thanked the Bishop and steering committee for organizing such program, saying that the positive are evident in their interactions and actions.



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