NIGERIAN YOUTH: WHAT PREPARATIONS FOR TOMORROW’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP?



Youth according to the Advanced English Dictionary is a time between childhood and maturity. It is a time in a person’s life when their choices are most likely to affect their future. The United Nations defines youth as a person between the ages of 15 to 24. A Youth is a young adult who is embedded with vigour and agility. The youth make up of 60% of Africa’s population.

Leadership refers to the act of leading and controlling the affairs of others without coercion. Leadership in a society is the act of leading a small group. In a school, it refers to the act of directing others in the institution. National leadership therefore, refers to controlling the general affairs of the state or nation at large.

Are the youth really of positive impact to the nation? This question calls for arguments and discussions due to the fact that some may say that youth are not serious with leadership while some may go contrary to the point. But based on this article, the youth are of positive impact in diverse areas. It can strongly be agreed that the nation will be better if youth make positive impact to its leadership.

What exactly are the preparations to be made?

Speaking on Educational Preparations: Twenty-first century learning is important. Youth need to be able to think critically, solve problems creatively, and innovate in order to take on the problems and jobs of tomorrow. Twenty-first-century skills are often broadly defined as the foundational skills needed in an increasingly complex life and work environment. As we anticipate the future of education, we need to scrutinize how we are preparing our youth. The 21st century skill is second to none. Education is often cited as the foundation for the future, preparing children to take on the hitches of tomorrow. In order to prepare our children for the hitches, life, and work of tomorrow, we need to adapt the educational models of today.

Moral Preparations: The youth can prepare towards tomorrow’s national leadership when they build themselves up morally. In what ways can this be achieved? Generally, the youth are meant to stay away from nefarious activities such as cyber bullying, yahoo-yahoo, amongst others. Therefore, they should invest immensely in positive activities like invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, development as well as other positive activities, which will aid the nation’s development.

Economic Preparations: More than ever, it is vital for Africa to prepare her youth for the digital economy and the future of work. The World Development Report 2019 notes that the labour market of the future will require new skills including digital fluency, creative thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, empathy and adaptability. With these new demands in place, it would be remiss of Africa not to strengthen her biggest asset: the youth who make up around 60% of the continent’s population. Other African countries have started making efforts in preparing their youth for the economic development, so also should Nigeria. Strategies to be employed to prepare the youths are; creating responsive education system, formulating policies for the digital economy, expanding digital infrastructure, and optimizing public-private co-operation. 

Occupational Preparations: There should be various occupations which can support the youth in Nigeria. The presence of these occupations will aid Nigerian youths to actively participate in leadership of the nation. After setting the global development agenda in 2000 with the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations highlighted the need to focus on enhancing economic growth through sustainable and meaningful work in its 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, the UN calls for the “promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all,” and seeks to address the 470 million jobs that need to be created for youth entering the workforce from 2016 to 2030.

Social Preparations: The youth should begin to involve themselves in social activities which will make them more versatile even when they want to participate in any form of leadership. They should be multi-tasking, so as to know what it takes exactly to be a leader. They should not be inferior. They should as well improve their political sagacity and intellect in all areas.

Nigerian youths will make a greater leadership if these preparations are taken into consideration.

 

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