Esprit is opening “YES Center” in Multan, Pakistan

New center for "Youth Empowerment through Skills" – promotion of girls and young women's economic independence – official inauguration ceremony on 8 November 2017 in the presence of local authorities and NGOs.

Within the context of its comprehensive sustainability strategy, Esprit launched the “YES Center – Youth Empowerment through Skills” educational project in autumn 2016. Its purpose is that of conveying important competences to young people in supplier countries, thereby allowing them an economically-independent and self-determined life. Following the successful opening of the first school in Bangladesh in 2016, the official inauguration ceremony of the second YES Center in Pakistan takes place on 8 November 2017. The Yes Center in Pakistan is a school for girls only. It aims to promote the economic independence of girls and young women and, as such, to contribute in combatting poverty in Pakistan. Esprit shares the self-concept of the United Nations, seeing high-quality education as one of the most important interventions toward more peace, prosperity, health, equality and fairness. Therefore, the company took the decision to sponsor selected supplier countries for two years. After the opening of the first schools in Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka in Bangladesh in 2016, this is now followed by another school in Pakistan. The girl’s school, which is located in the Multan district in South Punjab, will be officially inaugurated on the 8th of November in the presence of local authorities and representatives of NGOs. All in all, 430 students between the age of 15 and 22 years are to be educated. All measures have the goal of strengthening the young girls’, women’s and female entrepreneurs’ competences in Pakistan. Knowledge and know-how transfer, as well as good technical equipment on site are to facilitate women entering regional and international markets. In the coming two years, they will acquire knowledge in different areas that will prepare them for the labor markets and convey the skills that are needed to be in a position to act independently. The funding of the YES Center was made possible by the Esprit Cares Trust, which was founded in 1993 with the objective of supporting charity-related activities. All projects funded through the Esprit Cares Trust are committed to charitable activities. The YES Center was initiated by Esprit and the YOU Foundation. Until the end of 2018, three additional YES Centers will be opened in Vietnam and India as well as another location in Bangladesh.