n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Managing technical and vocational education (TVE) as a poverty alleviation initiative : the Nigerian experience

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Among the causes of poverty in Nigeria is the poor state of technical and vocational education (TVE) in the nation's education system. This has led to a shortage in the practical skills and competencies required for optimal employment in both the public and private sectors of the economy, while restricting chances to develop entrepreneurial ventures. The graduates produced by the country's tertiary institutions do not seem adequately prepared for the challenges and skills requirements of their potential employers, as a result of inadequacies in the school system. Unemployment is the result. That explains why the transition from school to work is no longer feasible. Technical and vocational education should be repositioned to emphasise practical skill acquisition, in order to enhance self-employment and entrepreneurial development as a poverty-alleviation initiative. Thereafter, chances of full employment will increase, as other job avenues open through emerging innovations and entrepreneurial ventures. This option will increase family earnings, thus reducing poverty in society.

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