Mathias Yashim

Ashoka Fellow
Nigeria,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Mathias Yashim was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Mathias is partnering with educational institutions to provide practical training to hundreds of students and train lecturers to be monitors, mentors, and future trainers of the entrepreneurship program. To create an enabling community environment and provide opportunities for practical leadership and entrepreneurial experience, Mathias partners with community leaders and organizations to identify student needs and collaborates with students to find solutions. He also uses these partnerships to identify and support physically disabled and at-risk youth to realize their dreams, by obtaining training and mentorship and seizing leadership opportunities to serve their communities.

Since 2012, Mathias has trained almost 6,000 students in four northern states. He is looking to expand his university program to all educational institutions. Mathias is formalizing the creation of entrepreneurial centers at the universities he works with. He is developing educational policy that will embed an entrepreneurial focus in all schools and is building consensus for a bill that will effectively do this at the state level. Mathias is developing a curriculum to train teachers and students to implement his program, thereby enabling it to be sustainable. In secondary schools he is creating enterprise clubs to offer a similar practical leadership experience to young children.
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