ABUJA — A global humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps, has gone into partnership with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to implement a project tagged: “Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE)”
Mercy Corps is the lead implementing partner for ENGINE, which is a multi-donor funded programme supported by DFID, Coca Cola Export Company and the Nike Foundation.
The programme seeks to improve the learning outcomes and economic status of marginalised adolescent girls aged 16 to 19 in the northern Nigerian states of Kano and Kaduna as well as the Federal Capital Territory and the Metropolitan city of Lagos.
The NYSC and Mercy Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, Wednesday, on the partnership that will involve the engagement of female corps members to deliver extra hours of classes to girls in schools that have been selected for the programme in the affected states.
Speaking on the occasion, the NYSC Director-General Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, noted that the presence of the scheme in all the nooks and crannies of the country makes it an attractive implementation partner for projects of such nature.
In her address, Country Director of the Mercy Corps, Ms. Iveta Ouvry, said the objective of the organiation, which is working in over 42 countries, was to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build, secure productive and just communities.