COIN CONSULTS TEAMED UP WITH YOUNG ELITE GROUP TO KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE


Primary and Secondary education occupy a central place in Nigerian educational system as it provides student with moral, cultural and pedagogical skills require for self-actualization. Among the agents of socialization is school and it is generally accepted that school provides formal education designed to nurture young people towards developing a more realistic personality. School cannot successfully complete this enormous task alone. It is therefore incumbent on the other social institutions to collaborate with the school at this stage in building these young people’s future because their future is damaged if their transition through this stage is not well guided.

 
To continue its tradition of social and entrepreneurship development, Coin Consults under its CoinKwara programme collaborated with Youth Elite Group to support the schools and our future (the students) by organizing an ‘Entrepreneurship Development Seminar and Essay Writing Competition for Primary and Secondary School Students’. The programme held on 25th November, 2017 at Government Day Senior Secondary School, Adewole, Ilorin, Kwara State and was gracefully attended by 30 participants made up of primary, junior and senior secondary school students alongside their teachers. The participating schools were:
·         Al-Ikhlas Nursery and Primary School, Adewole, Ilorin, Kwara State.
·         Excel Kiddies Academy, Islamic Village, Ilorin, Kwara State.
·         Evergreen International College, Asa-Dam, Ilorin, Kwara State.
·         As-Sekinat Nursery and Primary School, Osere, Ilorin, Kwara State.

·         Imam Dar Al-Hijra School, Mandate, Ilorin, Kwara State.
·         Government Day Secondary School, Adewole, Ilorin, Kwara State.


Declaring the programme opened, the president of Youth Elite Group-Mr. Uthman Jibril explained that, the seminar was combined the way it was in order to innovate on the existing norm of seminars where the target audience were usually matured people. More importantly also was their wish to, ‘kill two birds with one stone’ by inculcating two skills- entrepreneurial and essay writing skills in the students.  The CoinKwara Programme Director- Mr. Hanafi Olanrewaju Rabiu while welcoming the participants to the programme reiterated that, though majority of programmes on these two important things- entrepreneurship and essay writing are focused on adults, tertiary and senior secondary school students, they nevertheless conceived the  idea that it would be better to expose these young ones to seminar, entrepreneurship development, essay writing and inter school competition at this early stage of their lives.  He told the students that their future started right away and they should start having long term vision for themselves.

The programme comprised of a seminar and essay writing competition. The seminar was held to orientate the students on entrepreneurship and essay writing, while the competition is to test them afterward.  

Mr. Hanafi presented a paper titled, ‘Building your future through Entrepreneurial Skills’. In an interactive manner, he led the participants through, “what entrepreneurship is, who entrepreneurs are, kinds of entrepreneurs, importance of entrepreneurs and the necessary things to do to become an entrepreneur”. {The copy of the paper presented can be read at https://coinkwara.blogspot.com.ng/}. Dr. Usman Akanbi, the Coordinator of Knowledge Platform who also lectures at University of Ilorin was the guest speaker at the programme. He mentored the students using past experiences, real life examples and using both English and Yoruba language to explain to them the importance of writing and how they could improve their writing skills. He elated the spirits of the participants by recounting his personal journey of being a novice writer to becoming an award-winning writer in the country. He told the participants that they would have to read far and wide to become a good writer themselves. He explained further that becoming a good writer was not limited to those who studied English and in fact they could become a good writer in any language.  He concluded his topic of discussion, ‘How to write an Award Winning Essay’ by explaining the steps to follow in order to write a good essay.  

The day’s event ended with essay writing. The result of the essay would be out in a week’s time and certificate/prizes would be presented to the participants and winners.

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