According to Wikipedia, “Youth empowerment is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.
Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life. Youth empowerment is achieved through participation in youth empowerment programs.”
Education being the foremost empowerment program is given to the public as freely as possible by the government.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Youth in Nigeria’, “Educating youth in Nigeria is prioritised with the goal of reducing poverty, inequality, and overall increasing economic growth.
Youth in Nigeria school system consists of six years of primary education, three years of junior secondary, three years of senior secondary, and four years of tertiary education. Primary school completion rates are 93% for males, and 91% for females”.
“It is a requirement for every child in Nigeria to receive a minimum of nine years of free education. The government’s dominant role with funding provides funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and Education Trust Fund (ETF)”.
In Nigeria however, there are certain things involved in participating in youth empowerment programs as there are many governmental and non-governmental youth empowerment organizations and programs.
The very first is being a citizen of the country provable with any valid means of identification varying from a Nigerian issued birth certificate, an international passport, a national identity card issued by NIMC and/or a permanent voter’s card.
The second criteria to participating in Nigeria’s Youth Empowerment programs is one must be within the age bracket 18-29 years according to the new youth policy.
With these prerequisites being in place any youth in the country can participate in any of the various youth empowerment programs either by the government or non-profit organizations.
Take N-Power for an example, it is a program for both graduate and non-graduate youths. With the help of the private sector, the federal government is offering unemployed graduates and non-graduates clearer path to freedom through employment with the program.
The program has 3 major tiers;
N-Power teacher corps (solely for graduates).
The program runs for two years and all successful applicants are paid for the duration of the program.
No degree or diploma requirements for non teachers.
Degree and relevant documents for teachers corps.
Aged between 18-35.
Interest in teaching, building and creating things.
A valid means of identification.
Other criteria varies depending on the program and the organizer.