ART EDUCATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS IN YOUTHS EMPOWERMENT IN ESAN LAND OF EDO STATE, NIGERIA.
This study investigated Art Education and Entrepreneurial Skills in youths Empowerment in Esan Land of Edo State, Nigeria. Four research questions relating to Art education and entrepreneurial skills in youths empowerment were formulated to guide the study. The study employed the descriptive research design. The population of the study consisted of two thousand, five hundred (2,500} youths between the ages of ten to thirty, drawn from Ubiaja and Uromi areas. The simple random sampling was adopted to select 500 youths. Three experts validated the instruments which were found reliable with an overall reliability coefficient of 0.88. Data collection was by means of questionnaire. The questionnaire was a self designed questionnaire titled “Art Education and Entrepreneurial Skills in Youths Empowerment” (AEESYE). Simple percentages were used to analyze the research questions collected. Some findings were made which include: Entrepreneurial skills in Art Education can control massive rural-urban migrations of youths in Edo State. Youths who are not equipped for entrepreneurial skills are burden to the society. Entrepreneurial skills in Art Education have a place in youths empowerment. Arising from the findings, the researcher recommended the following: The state government, schools and individuals should emphasize entrepreneurial skills in art education in Edo State. Art Education programme should be designed to include activities that empower and satisfy the economic needs of the youths.