This project is implemented in partnership with Asociación para la Cooperacion Educativa Nicaragüense (ACOEN), a local NGO which has carried out activities in Diriamba, Carazo, Nicaragua, since 1994. ACOEN seeks to reduce poverty by offering vocational training courses to women to improve their employment opportunities. Women and girls living in this geographical area experience high poverty levels, discrimination and social exclusion. To reach more women in the area, educational initiatives are conducted at the Vega Baja Social Centre which is located 5 kilometres from the city of Diriamba.
The project’s main objective is to provide vocational training to women and girls in the hospitality and tourism industry. These courses consist of cooking, housekeeping, sewing & dressmaking, entrepreneurship, computer training and English. All courses have a comprehensive curriculum in terms of ethical values and leadership to foster human and social development. The cooking and housekeeping courses are accredited by Tecnologico Nacional Innovacion y Prestigo (INATEC), the Governments’ educational institution that certifies technical courses in Nicaragua. The sewing & dressmaking and entrepreneurship course recipients receive a diploma given by Vega Baja Social Centre. These vocational courses will equip women for full-time or part-time paid work or alternately they will create their own micro-enterprises, having developed entrepreneurial skills.