The second phase of the UK-Department for International Development (DFID’)-funded Educating Nigerian Girls In New Enterprise (ENGINE) programme which will be implemented in Kano State by Mercy Corps in collaboration with the Society For Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria (SWoDEN), was launched Tuesday in Kano.
The first phase of the ENGINE programme was implemented between October 2013 and March 2017; it helped improved the learning outcomes and economic status of thousands of marginalized Nigerian adolescent girls. And engaged about 21,000 girls across 4 Nigerian states of Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, FCT.
The second phase of the ENGINE project is aimed at enhancing girls’ learning experience, achieving transition to the next phase of their education as well as sustainability in educating Nigerian girls and will last from 2017 to 2020.
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While delivering the opening remark at the launch event, Shweta Shah, National Program Manager of ENGINEII said: “The second project is intended to improve social, literary, and entrepreneurial skills of the girl-child. We have a partnership with the Kano State Government and its agencies which would help in the process of implementing the goals of the ENGINE II project. ”
Sadiya Bello, a beneficiary of ENGINE I project said the ENGINE programme had contributed immensely to her personal development.
“I stopped going to school because my parents couldn’t afford my education. Luckily for me, I was part of those who were thought business and entrepreneurial skills through ENGINE. I used the skill I acquired to start up a small business and saved some money to pay for extra lessons so that I would be able to catch up in school, which I did. I sat for WAEC exams and passed and then gained admission to study Business Education at Saadatu Rimi College of Education, Kano. I have benefited a lot from ENGINE and will forever remember the good change it has brought to my life,” Sadiya narrated.
In her closing remarks, Hajiya Maimuna Mohammed, the executive director of SWODEN urged the ENGINE II project team to be committed in carrying out their various roles and responsibilities in the project.
“It is only when we are committed that we will succeed in achieving our aims and goals towards promoting girl child education and enterprises,” she said
“The Engine II project intends to improve skills acquisition, learning outcomes among both marginalized in-school girls and those that are out-of-school. With this and few more we are confident to achieve more than the first project we carried out.”