Entrepreneurship education as human capital: implications for youth self-employment and conflict mitigation in sub-Saharan Africa
AbstractPrevious research has focused on stable developed economies to predict that human capital and entrepreneurship education (EE) provision at the higher education (HE) level will positively affect entrepreneurial success. This article draws on the outcome of recent EE projects in two HE institutions in a conflict-torn northern Nigeria as a proxy to advocate the introduction of entrepreneurship as a compulsory component into the secondary school curriculum in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using semi-structured interview data, it is found that the provision of EE at secondary education level could help to facilitate human capital development and assist efforts to curb youth unemployment. Specifically, the study suggests that EE comprises both generic and specific human capital that increases an individual’s ability to identify and exploit opportunities, particularly for young people, and in doing so helps to reduce their vulnerability to poverty and involvement in armed conflict. Suggestions for future research and policy considerations are provided.
CitationAnosike, P. (2018) 'Entrepreneurship education as human capital: implications for youth self-employment and conflict mitigation in sub-Saharan Africa', Industry and Higher Education, 33 (1) pp 42-54
JournalIndustry and Higher Education
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