GenU: 20M Young Nigerians To Benefit In FG, UNICEF Expanded Education Scheme

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GenU, An initiative between the Nigerian government and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), offering expanded education, training, and employment, targeting 20 million Nigerians from ages of 10-24 years, between now and 2030 will positively impact the country’s future job growth enabling programmes, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo disclosed this Monday in a pre-recorded message delivered at the official launch of the Generation Unlimited (GenU) programme in Nigeria, a global multi-sector partnership that was initially launched in September 2018, in collaboration with over 200 partners.

The programme has impacted more than 100 million young people globally through innovations and programmes in more than 40 countries across six continents.

GenU: FG, UNICEF Expanded Education Scheme

Speaking on the GenU programme, the Vice President said “this program is important because it promises to provide 20 million Nigerians with digital skills, link them to entrepreneurial and other job opportunities and assist them in realizing their full potential.

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“Over the next couple of years, we will provide digital learning, employment, entrepreneurship, and engagement for and with 20 million young Nigerians.

The Vice President noted that “GenU Nigeria will have three key components; Digital Skills Development, The Workforce Readiness Programme, and Youth Engagement. Youth Employment and especially the empowerment of female entrepreneurs is a major aspect of GenU Nigeria.”

In Nigeria, the target is to reach 2 million young people aged 10-24 years by 2023 and 20 million by 2030 with education, skills training, employment, entrepreneurship, and empowerment.

GenU Nigeria will be implemented in 12 states distributed across the 6 geo-political zones in the country.

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