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Skill Acquisition: A Better Alternative For Formal Education? What Do You Think? by showitnaija: 12:43pm On Mar 04, 2018
Skill can simply be referred to as unique practical knowledge or know-how of a particular thing or project/work.

Every living being has the God-given skills that vary from one another. These skills are of different volumes, sizes and length (longitivity). Their differences are in the long run determined by individual’s effort such as personal determination, skill discovery, skill development, knowledge acquisition, skills advertisement etc.

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We shall consider some of the efforts required to make skills known and realistic in our nest publication.

The benefits of skills cannot be underestimated. Some of them are wealth creation, poverty reduction, crimes reduction, self fulfilment, national economic growth, reduction in unemployment etc.

In some developed countries like the USA, there are policies and adequate provision for skill acquisition which has encourage so many of their citizens (majorly youths) to learn a vocation or the other. The reverse is the case in countries like Nigeria where you have people being stigmatized for learning a vocational skill. They are either referred to as dullards who cannot cope with schools (formal education) or poor who can’t afford to pay their tuitions. The government is not even helping matters. There are no policies in place to correct the stigma and encourage informal skills. All emphasis and concentrations are on formal education.



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In Nigeria, it is assumed that without you going to the university, you cannot succeed in life, while we have so many graduates that are up to millions in numbers who wander about the streets and cities without a job, a shelter and even food to eat; instead of learning a skill (vocational) to earn themselves a living. This Rate of unemployment caused by the negligence of informal skill acquisition has increased the rate of poverty, unemployment, crimes, poor standard of living, and unqualified graduates in the labor market

Informal skill acquisition is alternatively the best in countries such as Nigeria and Ghana where we have large numbers (millions) of unemployed graduates every year to fight for jobs (thousands). Most of the great people in the world today achieved their greatness not because of their formal educational certificate, but by the skills they have acquired or discovered informally.

Meanwhile, I am not saying that formal education is bad, but more emphasis need to be placed on informal skill acquisition in order to have national growth and development. And by this, the dependents on the government will be minimal.

Therefore, all youths should try to acquire, discover and likely rediscover their God-given talents which is a potential to their successes. These skills and talents will eventually open doors to their successes, and it will also create a job for them.

Some of the skills youths or graduates should discover are shoe making, welding, mason, painting, sculpturing, drawing, screen printing etc. these are opportunities that youths should embrace without doubt.

More so, it’s an added advantage for youths with formal education to get more connected to higher profiled prospects to get a job or contract. Therefore, we should embrace informal skill acquisition education as a best alternative for formal education.

If the governments have failed on their part to create job opportunities, and the private/corporate bodies are insisting on employing people with 10 years’ experience. You can make yourself a boss and a director. The skills that will lead you to success are placed right before you.

Make a choice now and you will be glad thereafter.



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Re: Skill Acquisition: A Better Alternative For Formal Education? What Do You Think? by hisgrace090: 12:46pm On Mar 04, 2018
It's the secrete of the chinies people.

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