Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
high school club of Entrepreneurs
Explain your idea in details:
A large number of the Nigeria students enter into the university without finding out first what their mission in life is. There’s lack of direction and clarity. Their motivation to enter into the university is never based on a discovered problem to be solved. Because they have no idea of what to do with the information the university gives to them, they graduate only to proof the effort of the university futile. They continue their education without a career entrepreneurial viewpoint. Haven learnt from the online campus training that the first, most logical and most sensible step to solving a problem is to carefully identify that problem and then work positively to solve it, High School Club of Entrepreneurs aims to create groups of same career aspirants in high schools and teach them to identify the problems that the goals of sustainable development is to solve and how their career provides solution. It will help them discover purpose and reason for their choice of careers. Other vocational skills such as baking and pastries, paint making, digital skills (ICT), sewing and more will also be part of the clubber’s activities. The club will be run in a team base culture with tasks to be executed at least once every month for every clubber. We have already test-run this project with few students of different grades and have trained volunteered members (who will help in teaching vocational skills) and in contact with resource persons who are already working towards SDGs in different entrepreneurial fields. Haven gone through the campus training and finding it resourceful, the team will adapt the ideological concept of the campus training as part of materials that will be used in training the clubbers and volunteered members.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The primary objective of this project is to produce more and enhanced entrepreneurs who would from high school identify the problems inline with 17 SDGs and discover how their careers fits-in in solving them. This will add value to the global economic growth and decent job which is the 8th goal of the SDGs while preparing entrepreneurs who will achieve all other goals. This project will help students make the mental shift to independence earlier such that the motivating factor for their chosen careers would be born of discovered problems and passion to solve them with the information and skill they would get from the club and University. We are targeting to motivate the government by the success of the club to include entrepreneurship education in line with sustainable development goals into the primary and post primary education curriculum by the year 2022. To measure the impact, the following methods will be employed: Before the inauguration of the club in any high school, students will be interviewed on their present situation and plans for their career work. These interviews will be repeated after three (3) months to understand the success of the project. Three months later, a follow-up interview will also be conducted again to understand the impact of the training on the students. Data on the above method will be collected through the following means: Work schedules of field-staff overseeing implementation of the project. Monthly activity implementation reports by project executors, in collaboration with club/group leaders. Project review reports by Program Managers and other project support staff. The main success will be measured by the number of students who were able to discover the problem they’ll solve in their careers and their plans of achieving them. They’ll discover potential in what exists already to derive the SDGs.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
High school club of entrepreneurs proposes to be a free school club. For a successful implementation, management, monitoring and sustainability, a dynamic team consisting of expert members, resource persons and social workers will be formulated. The team will consist of: Project Directors: They will be in-charge of overall superintendence of the project, monitoring every aspect from time-to-time. Project Officers: They will be the responsible person to submit the total field reports and needs. Project Executors: They will consist of members, volunteer and club leaders (students who are heads of their groups): They will be responsible to carry-out the activities of the club. In addition to the number of our community members and volunteers, students who are studying “Social Work” will be encouraged to work with us as part of their mandatory weekly activities and also in their 6-12 months experience. This will help the team reach all schools and have the weekends to learn new skills through our train-the-trainers' weekend programs. By extending partnership opportunities to more governmental/educational agencies, private companies, NGOs, social clubs, international bodies, we expect to sustain the impact by attracting the government to include entrepreneurship education in-line with SDGs into primary and post primary education curriculum by the year 2022. Awareness for partnership will be created via our TV programs, Radio-talk and seminars. Sources of fund: While we would seek funds from grant-giving institutions and other bodies, the club will not be philanthropic infusion. We will supply products such as car-wash, liquid-wash, bar-soap, house paints; antiseptic, hair-cream, body-cream, perfume among others produced during vocational training to retailers. We will from time to time organize inspirational seminars to motivate those who have graduated to college to remain focused. We have trained members in various skills, therefore, wouldn’t pay more on resources persons for training.
Born in May 1990, Onyema Stephen like most of his contemporary grew with special interest in helping young people follow the path of entrepreneurship. He believes the size of every man's life is determined by the size of his vision. His vision is to have a country whose citizens are less dependent on the government but become competent entrepreneurs. As proof to his cause and bid to turn his vision into reality, he founded Caroline Foundation for Youth and Farmer (cafoyaf) - a non-profit organization whose mission is to help African youths become innovative entrepreneurs. He is committed to training people in alternative skills to combat unemployment. For Stephen Onyema, been born in a poor family and growing up to become a social entrepreneur was not a bed of rose but surrounding himself with positive people and mentors and being enthusiastic to achieving his dream has always resulted to success. He has gained good reputation through his executed projects and other community services. He is full of life with great sense of humor. He hopes to see a better Nigeria, Africa and a better world!