CREATIVE EDUCATION AS STRATEGY FOR BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS FOR SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Okonkwo, Mary Ukamaka & Joachim Amobi Udechukwu
There has been perpetual and enduring tendency on the part of educational stakeholders in Nigeria towards teaching for the learners to pass their paper and pencil examinations and claim their certificates at the end of their programmes without recourse to the employability and functionality of such graduates in the contemporary world of work. This is obviously in spite of present- day reality of the use of creative education strategies to create in the learners entrepreneurial skills that will make them relevant, functional, productive and of course marketable in the global world of work. Instead of being able to reproduce what was taught, students learn to develop their ability to find various solutions to problems. This paper advocates the inclusion of creative education is a subject/course of study in our educational system as catalyst to capacity building in entrepreneurial skills as well as springboard for sustainable national development. The paper suggested among others the inclusion of divergent thinking and discovery learning in the curriculum of the nation’s educational system at all levels.