The Harvard Indoctrination | Fola Daniel Adelesi, ASM, ACL, Wcc
I saw a movie recently which showed how facebook started from a campus through the activities of some young people with the focus on Mark Zuckerberg . The video showed how he started and the challenges he had with a few friends but somewhere along the line I got a message which I have called the Harvard indoctrination.
Two of the people who claimed that Mark stole their idea had gone to report to the President of the university. They were all students of Harvard university and so expected that the university should be able to stop the facebook idea from stopping or at least help in getting compensation from Mark. The President made it clear that each student signed an agreement with the university and not with each other so they should go and start something else. He did say that in Harvard, they train students to create jobs and not to look for jobs! When I heard that something in me jumped and I was so excited to hear it but almost immediately I began to ask myself, what do Nigerian universities train people to do?
When you get out of a university and you go back there after some time the question people will ask is, where do you work? This is because they have only trained you to study hard, get good grades and get a good job by the time you are done from the university! You will hardly find people asking, what do you do? This is so because we have universities where people are supposed to get universal knowledge and be trained to be self-reliant but you find a system that is not encouraging people with entrepreneurial drive and it goes all out to even intimidate them.
I called the message I heard from the President the Harvard indoctrination because it shows clearly people who pass trough that system have been taught and everything they hear revolves around being an employer of labour rather than being a job seeker. I do not know of how many universities in Nigeria, apart from Covenant University, that has a similar drive to what I call the Harvard indoctrination. We must know that our economic problems will not be solved by training our youths to be job seekers but by training our youths to be employers of labour.
It is not enough to talk about entrepreneurship, we must begin the indoctrination so much so that people who are not creating jobs will begin to think that they are committing crime by not creating jobs for other people to be able to feed! What do you think this country will look like in the next ten years when a country begins to churn out people who believe that they must be employers of labour and not just job seekers?
We may continue to have a rise in the number of unemployed but employable degree holders. The emerging reality is also that the government cannot provide a job for all but it can make sure that everyone is gainfully employed by retraining more people to be self-employed and having lesser people to give jobs to. Job creation is not only giving people jobs! It is about giving people the right mindset that pushes them to create jobs for themselves!
Fola Daniel Adelesi, ASM, ACL, Wcc
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