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FREE eCornell Take the Lead Online Courses: Empowering Young Women in Kenya and Nigeria

FREE eCornell Take the Lead Online Courses: Empowering Young Women in Kenya and Nigeria

In a groundbreaking initiative, Nalafem, in collaboration with Mexoxo, is teaming up with eCornell University to offer a fully funded scholarship opportunity to 20,000 young women from Kenya and Nigeria. This scholarship program aims to empower and equip these women with essential skills through the ‘Take the Lead’ course.

What is ‘Take the Lead’?

‘Take the Lead’ is a comprehensive online course designed to foster leadership, entrepreneurship, time management, and career exploration skills among participants. Through the eCornell online platform, participants will have access to nearly 20 hours of curated content, enabling them to prepare for post-secondary education, employment, and active civic engagement.

Key Components of the Course:

  1. Leadership Development: Participants will delve into topics such as effective communication, decision-making, and team dynamics, essential for effective leadership roles in various contexts.
  2. Entrepreneurship: The course will provide insights into the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including business planning, financial management, and innovation, empowering participants to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors.
  3. Time Management: Time management skills are crucial for success in any endeavor. ‘Take the Lead’ will offer strategies and techniques to help participants optimize their time, balance priorities, and enhance productivity.
  4. Career Exploration: Through self-assessment tools and career guidance modules, participants will gain clarity on their strengths, interests, and career pathways, laying the groundwork for informed decision-making regarding their future endeavors.

Why it Matters:

Empowering young women with education and skills is not only a matter of social justice but also a strategic investment in the future. By providing access to quality education and training, this initiative seeks to break down barriers and unlock the potential of thousands of young women, thereby contributing to economic growth, social progress, and gender equality in the region.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can apply for the ‘Take the Lead’ scholarship program through the designated channels provided by Nalafem and Mexoxo. Eligibility criteria and application deadlines will be communicated through official channels.


The eCornell Take the Lead online courses, made possible through the generous support of Nalafem and Mexoxo, offer a transformative opportunity for young women in Kenya and Nigeria. By equipping them with essential skills and knowledge, this initiative paves the way for a brighter future, where these women can lead, innovate, and thrive in their chosen paths.