Doregos rewards students for excelling in skills acquisition
MANAGEMENT of Doregos Private Academy, Lagos State, has rewarded students with exceptional skills in the six core trade subjects, which they trained, as a way of encouraging young people to develop interest in entrepreneurship and skills acquisition.
This was after the maiden edition of the school’s “Young Entrepreneur Fair” (YEF), and exhibition programme, which also featured competition among students in the six trade subjects.
The trade subjects focused on by the school include, fashion and design, event and decoration, grooming (hair barbing), photography, aluminum fabrication and bead making.
For their efforts, which were adjudged commendable at the end of the competition, Success Oke, who sewed the best dress, got a sewing machine; Samuel Abba won a camera for coming first in the photography session; while Blessing Akakpo, who finished tops in the event and decoration category, got decoration tools. Azeem Arowosaye and Ibukun Olanipekun were rewarded in the respective categories.
Executive Director, Mr. Bernardino Olatokunbo Doregos, in his remarks said that entrepreneurship remains critical to economic success, thus the need to catch endowed students young in preparation for the future.
He said, “There is need to acknowledge youths who out of their own decision and innate abilities have become entrepreneurs to reckon with. Doregos as an institution is widely known for discovering champions, encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship among students who are adequately ready to avail themselves the opportunity of becoming successful entrepreneurs in Nigeria and beyond. Our commitment is to ensure continuous support.”
Proprietress of the school, Mrs. Clementina Doregos, who said the school understands the benefits of implementing the trade subjects’ component of the senior secondary school curriculum, added that it was the reason it engaged experts in the six fields to offer practical training to their students every Saturday.
“The result of the practical sessions is what has been on display, though we experience difficulty getting parents’ cooperation. Some refused to pay the token fee we charged for the training; others say they don’t have time to drop the children in school on Saturdays. We have had to house some day students in the boarding house to enable them benefit from the programme.”
In her remarks, Chairperson of the occasion, Mrs. Josephine Onwuegbuzie, stressed that skills acquisition and entrepreneurship were of vital importance if Nigeria must achieve vision 20:2020.
She urged school managers to demonstrate great commitment in the deployment of skills acquisition programmes in their respective schools for the benefit of students, just as she counseled parents to encourage their wards to follow their dreams and embrace entrepreneurship.