Together, The Coca-Cola Company and DFID will invest nearly £7m in an initiative known as ‘Engine’ (Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises).
The investment comes as part of the UK government’s Girls’ Education Challenge and The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative, which seeks to enable the economic empowerment of five million female entrepreneurs across the global Coca-Cola value chain by 2020.
Engine will establish over 170 learning spaces where girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 19 will meet for academic support and training sessions over a nine-month period.
Approximately 5,400 girls who are still in school will receive after-school tutoring, as well as training to advance their leadership and entrepreneurship skills. Additionally, a vocational training programme focused on business and employment readiness will be offered to approximately 12,600 young women who are currently out of school. Young women who complete the vocational training programme will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of employment opportunities, including receiving assistance to set up their own businesses as micro-retailers of Coca-Cola and d.light products.
Source: The Coca-Cola Company
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