Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Orient Polytechnic Innovation Strategies for Enhanced Higher Education Capacity.
Explain your idea in details:
Orient Polytechnic Innovation Strategies for Enhanced Higher Education Capacity are designed to take the lead to fill the gaps created by lack of Nigeria Higher Education Institutions' capacities to provide admissions to all the candidates that apply for admissions yearly using increased speed innovation of obtaining higher qualifications quickly by adopting competency-based education (CBE) where students' existing skills-sets and experiences are made part of the learning experiences they are exposed to help move the students through their programme at the pace that is more flexible and that works for them. Again, we will increase higher education capacity by being creative in adopting tuition payment method of a one tuition price model, being upfront about the cost of training delivery and offer discounts only to need-based students as this portends increase in high education demand and enrollments because potential students and their parents will find it easy to understand what the cost of education would be. The strategy targets the use of blended E-learning( a combination of traditional face-to-face classroom teaching and ICT technology) to deliver learning experiences to learners in order to be efficient and effective in equipping individuals that will stand out and fit into modern day workforce and become business owners. It is our convinction that implementing these strategies will increase high access to higher education trainings, students success as well as affordability with expected outcomes of qualified individuals to improve society, fulfill national goals and become entrepreneurs having acquired global 21st century skills-sets (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy etc) to help achieve poverty reduction among the local citizens where we operate our business.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The impacts my business idea based on two sustainable development goals are empowerment of individuals to become competency- based skill professionals to meet labour market and economy needs, make access to higher education training attractive by using up-to-minute modern technologies to impart individuals with skills to enjoy benefits from improved earnings, employment chances, mobility, capacity for lifelong learning, excellent measures of working conditions and job satisfaction. My business will also make positive impact on employers as they would benefits from returns from productive performance of their workers that would pass through our work-based training programme, save costs of recruiting external skilled-workers for them, save outage costs for them when skilled-workers are in short supply and bring about performance differences between company trained and external skilled-workers including enjoying supply benefit and consequently improve their corporate images outside, all gearing towards achieving poverty reduction in the society. With our flexible trainings that are responsive to market demands while maintaining high quality standard, we will turn out experts and professionals that will meet global standard workforce and individuals that would become entrepreneurs that would contribute in reducing poverty in their immediate environments and in extension the entire Nigeria.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Orient Polytechnic Innovation Strategies for Enhanced Access to Higher Education will be implemented under the supervision of a 3 man-team headed by the project coordinator. The Strategies will offer capacity for alternative route to higher education to applicants by targeting increase of students enrolment into the institutions courses through the following: Admit 3000 students into its courses via sketching out a lean canvas and run it past advisers, putting together a pitch deck and meeting with at least 30 potential students per week until at least 10 buy our admission forms; launch MVS (Minimum Viable Service) by the end of 2021 through conducting 4000 screening interviews with students that applied for admissions by August 15th, designing a mock-up and select 3000 qualified students, running two-week induction programmes for fresh students and starting classes with practical to round off First Semester by Dec. 31st and removing the barriers of cost and affordability for our trainings to attract prospective students. We tend to achieve retention, persistence to graduation, and overall student success through reducing the levels of unmet need for enrolled students. The Strategies will inculcate appropriate skills and retool mismatch skills using cost-effective modern technologies, provide necessary link between education, science, technology, innovation and the labour market and develop experts that improve the society, fulfills national goals and entrepreneurs thereby reducing poverty in the society. Our business model will be sustainable with revenue from sales of admission forms, tuition charges and other IGRs. We will generate income through leasing out our Conference Hall facilities. Our magazine and social media E-commerce pages will be subscribed. We will main sustainability and growth by advertising our services using prints and electronic media, referrals, billboards etc. We are currently collaborating with Federal College of Land Resources Technology Owerri in Imo State Nigeria.
I am Charles Okechukwu, aged 46, a creative writer and an education entrepreneur with interest acquainting with successful entrepreneurs. I am motivated to impact positive indelible experiences in students and individuals for life roles that will aid them to succeed in their chosen careers. I hold Bachelors of Arts in History, PGD in Education and have rounded off my M.Sc in International Affairs and Diplomacy. I have acquired trainings in education administration. Through our platform, we provide easy alternative access to higher education trainings to applicants, inculcate practical competency skill-sets in individuals and retool mismatch skills for labour market and economy needs towards achieving poverty reduction in the society. In 2010 I won an award in creative writing conducted by Centre for Human Development (CHD) Ibadan, Nigeria, powered by Ford Foundation on a topic titled: Nigerian Women: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,2009 edition. From 2009 to 2014, I coordinated the outreach HND and ND programmes of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo- Ohaji, Imo State in Oyigbo Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria. Also, I coordinate the outreach NCE programmes of The College of Education Nsukka in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria since 2015 to date. I currently provide training programmes and coaching to secondary school leavers, persons seeking for career paths, university graduates seeking to retool their mismatch-skills to gain employable skills in ICT, Cosmotology, Barbing, manufacturing, Book-keeping, Business practice etc. We are partnering with Federal College of Land Resources Technology Owerri to put out expertise to work in training and graduating their students in their outreach campus in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria. Our target is to create value by offering accessibility, innovation, customer-centered services and easy to acquire practical-competency skills to students and individuals for labour market and economy needs.