Cross section of a graduate student from Life-Baker International Schools, Ijoko-Agbado Road, Ifo, Ogun State, during the 2017 Graduation and Awards Ceremony. PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

As part of efforts to accelerate economic growth, Life-Baker International School has emphasized the need to introduce entrepreneurial skills to children at an early stage.

Owner Deaconess Alice Arowojolu, who spoke at the school’s fourth graduation and awards ceremony, said primary education is the best step to start preparing children for entrepreneurial skills.

She said: “We need to remove our societal bias which treats vocation as inferior and allow it to grow our gross domestic product (GDP), especially with the challenge of the high unemployment rate in the country. Entrepreneurship would make room for another stream of income.

“It would allow children to be independent from an early age and make them relevant to society. When they come to the higher institution with a vocation, they can help in any way they can.

“Government alone cannot solve the country’s problems, all hands must be on the bridge to move the country forward economically. As Life-Baker does their best to ensure that anyone who completes their education has acquired a skill, others should see it as a welcome development.

The owner also insisted on the need for students to master computers early on to meet the demands of the 21st century.

“Computer literacy is necessary to meet the demands of the present day. If you are not computer literate, there will be no place for you in the world.

For her part, the school principal, Oyeleye Busayo, said the entrepreneurship initiative aims to instill confidence in children as part of the larger efforts to develop the country’s economy.

“It’s essential for the nation’s economy. It is something that will help every child in the country to become a responsible citizen. The school manages entrepreneurship from primary to secondary school for free and the children are delighted. We want children to take their destiny into their own hands, they don’t have to wait for someone to give them a job when they can create one on their own.

She also instructed the students to live up to the moral standards the school instilled in them.

Twenty-nine students graduated from kindergarten, 51 from lower secondary, 36 from upper secondary and 12 from sixth elementary.

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