ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Entrepreneurship education, is killing education | Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi | TEDxJabi

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Entrepreneurship education, is killing education | Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi | TEDxJabi

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Our inordinate concentration on entrepreneurship and self-employment is killing our education. It is educating our young people out of their diverse talents and potentials; it is stigmatizing knowledge and the pursuit of interests that do not make money making their primary objectives. And, it is undermining our public institutions.

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi was born in 1969. He attended one of Nigeria’s leading universities, the University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos where he graduated with a B.Sc. Second Class Upper degree, in Mass Communication
In 2001, he won the British Council Chevening Scholarship to study for a postgraduate programme in Governance and Development at the prestigious Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom where in 2002, he bagged a Masters Degree with Distinction.

In April 2007 he was appointed Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology in Kwara State, a position he held until May 2011. In recognition of his exceptional leadership qualities, Mallam Abdullahi was appointed Minister of Youth Development in July 2011.

All through his time at Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council, he earned the reputation of a pro-active, youth-friendly Minister.

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5 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Entrepreneurship education, is killing education | Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi | TEDxJabi”

  1. I really enjoyed Mallam's commentary. I like that he expressed a slight urgency to focus on the development of education and what effect it will have in 20 yrs. Its all about 'demographics. If you're in your late teens early twenties and haven't received a generalized level of education then of course you will have to defend for yourself and family to make sure you have shelter and food. I truly know that education should be talent driven by helping children develop natural skills. We can teach the basics of education through any occupational avenue. So if we teach via trade at a young age then we can develop our children faster into the future problem solvers of our societies across the globe.

  2. Most people learn by doing. When you graduate from college, most of the information is obsolete. We are living in an era were things are changing fast. As far as entrepreneurship any one that becomes a entrepreneur do so at different times in there life, some in their teens, 20's, 30's , '40's and even 50's. So it will pan out. Get educated and Don't worry about this.

  3. i love the presentation but i defer in the view that promoting entrepreneurship will devalue our society. There will always be a stage of service-learning. Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur those who dont should be something else, even though they may have learnt job creation skills. Those arguing in support of entrepreneurship; think it is not getting enough attention. If we have enough job creators, there will be enough money to pay the few who become firemen.

  4. I loved this talk although I disagree with some of Mallam's thoughts. If entrepreneurship education is forcing people out of their skills and talents, it's being done wrong. It should be taught as something that allows a person to pursue what they love, whether that be art, engineering, or philosophy. Jobs aren't always readily available in someone's desired trade or interest, and that is where entrepreneurship education can allow them to pursue what they want. Great talk!

    Quotes for those who want to copy/paste and share:

    "If we make job creation the essence of our education and we reduce everyone to a merchant and a trader, what we are doing is materializing the mind of young people and diminishing society, and ultimately, we will pay for it."

    “One of the big challenges that I find in this entrepreneurship craze is that we are educating young people out of their diverse talents and we are stigmatizing interests and abilities that do not make money their end objective.”

    “Entrepreneurship education is important, but we do not need to force all forms of knowledge into a business model.”

    "We need to teach for both professional and civic reasons.”

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