Nigeria’s Youth Empowerment Programs: what is involved
Youth empowerment is a process where by youth and young people are encouraged and implored to take charge and change their lives. This is done by addressing the situation and then action are taking in order to improve their access to transform their life, values, beliefs and attitudes.
Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life. Youth empowerment can only be achieved through participation in the youth empowerment programs.”
Education is the most foremost empowerment program that can be given to the general public freely by the government. According to Wikipedia, Youth in Nigeria, Educating youth in Nigeria is the best and only way of reducing poverty, inequality and best shot at increasing economic growth.
Youth education in Nigeria school system consist of six(6) years of primary education, three(3) years in the junior secondary school, three(3) years in the senior secondary school while the tertiary institution is four(4) years. Completion rates in primary school is 93% while for female it just 91%.
“It is a requirement in Nigeria that every child receive a minimum of nine/eight years of free education. The government play a dominant role with the funding of the education with the help of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and Education Trust Fund (ETF)”.
However in Nigeria, there are certain things that are involved before you can participate in the youth empowerment programs as there are many and lot of governmental and non governmental organizations and program involved in this.
The very first criteria is being a citizen of the country with a valid means of identification showing your validity of been a Nigerian varying from a Nigerian issued birth certificate, an international passport, a permanent voter’s card or a national identity card issued by NIMC.
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.
The other criteria to participate in the Nigeria’s Youth Empowerment programs is age, you must be within the age range 18 – 29 years according to Nigeria new youth policy. With these requirement being in place, any youth in the country can participate in any of this youth empowerment programs either by the government or non profit organizations.
Take N-Power for an example, this program is meant for both graduate and non-graduate youths. With the help of the private sector, the government is using this medium to offer unemployed graduate and non graduate clearer and better way to freedom through this empowerment platform.
The program has 3 major tiers;
N-Power teacher corps (solely for graduates).
All successful applicants are to be paid for the duration of the program and this program runs for the duration of two years.
Non teachers doesn’t require diploma or degree.
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 may varies depending on the program or the organizer.