Entrepreneurship Educational Infrastructure And Socio Economic Development Of Sub-Saharan African Communities: A Study Of Cross River State, Nigeria.
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 21 No. 3 (2020): Vol-21-Issue-3-March-2020
The complex nature of the 21th century Nigerian society demands a paradigm shift in educational infrastructure to entrepreneurship education. As an emerging economy, achieving socio economic development for poverty reduction is strongly correlated with entrepreneurship education. Harnessing the abundant natural and human resources for improvement in basic needs requires acquisition and application of technical and socio economic knowledge. The study forged a nexus between entrepreneurship educational infrastructure and socio-economic development in Sub-Saharan African communities. Specific objectives were to examine association between competency-based skill acquisition and socio-economic development; investigate association between enhancing adolescents’ capabilities for small venture business creation and socio-economic development; determine association between tailoring school curriculum to local environment and socio-economic development. A survey research design was adopted for the study. Data were obtained from 1200 respondents using a multi-stage sampling procedure with a questionnaire as research instrument. The obtained data were analysed using both descriptive and chi-square statistics. Analyses revealed that entrepreneurship education variables of guaranteeing competency-based education, enhancing adolescents’ capabilities for small venture business creation and tailoring curriculum to local environment significantly predicted socio-economic development. The paper recommended the synergy of educational institutions and industry to produce the skilled workforce needed to achieve a quantum level of socio economic development and also attain vision 2020 in Nigeria.