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IMPACT OF VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ON LIVELIHOOD SUSTENANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: THE ART WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE
ABSTRACT: The focus of this study is basically on the impact that vocational and technical education has on livelihood sustenance and Economic development in Nigeria, using the art workshop training centres as a case study most especially the one established by the Nigerian foremost printmaker: Bruce Onobrakpeya in his home town at Agbarha-Otor, in Delta State of Nigeria. The vocational and technical education opportunities were divided into three broad categories the first is the training offered in private institutions under the entrepreneurship programmes, the second is the training established by governments through formal tertiary institutions such as: the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education and the third is the training sponsored by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private individuals and/or religious organizations-the art workshop experiments organized in Nigeria at Oye-Ekiti, Osogbo, IleIfe, Lagos and Agbarah-Otor fall under the last category. It has been observed that the nonpayment approach adopted by the organizers under the third category has been making vocational training programmes more effective, efficient, competitive, flexible and responsive in any community where they are being organized. The conclusion is that the organizers of vocational/art-workshop centres in Nigeria have been focusing on how to satisfy the basic physiological needs of the participants while training, mentoring and motivating them for self development and self fulfilment.
KEYWORDS: Vocational and Technical Education, Livelihood Sustenance, Economic, Development, Art Workshop, Self-development