Arden University joins Nigerian education initiative

The August Project is a UNESCO programme bidding to increase work-based skills and entrepreneurial drive in school children

Arden University has announced its participation in a Nigerian education initiative, The August Project (TAP).

Established by UNESCO’s Read and Earn Federation (REF), after it was found that school children are leaving education in the country “with a lack of work-based skills and entrepreneurial drive”, the programme aims to provide creative skills and hands-on experience, as well as encourage entrepreneurship.


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“Arden University has always been committed to giving the right to higher education,” said the institution’s international director, John Vaughan, who travelled to Nigeria for the initiative’s launch last month.

“The TAP project does that by encouraging young people to think creatively. We are delighted to be involved and to offer our support in upskilling and developing the population.”

Aimed at young children and teens, TAP is no small undertaking, with plans to train 1.2m Nigerians in the coming decade, the better to help them think creatively and develop skills and, in turn, support the country’s economic growth.

We are delighted to be able to give our contribution to educating the younger generation and help them shape a bright future for their country

Arden University has tutored many Nigerian students via its distance learning degree programmes, and will offer academic support, issue certificates of completion for each stage of the Entrepreneurship MBA for juniors, and participate in graduation ceremonies.

“We are delighted to be able to give our contribution to educating the younger generation and help them shape a bright future for their country,” added Vaughan. “We hope that, given the right tools, Nigerian youth will have the opportunity to excel.”

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