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Barclays Zambia has sponsored a competition aimed at encouraging young people to create innovative solutions to real world business challenges.

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Barclays is determined to empower young people through entrepreneurship, financial literacy and other forms of addressing business challenges even before they complete higher education.
Bonaventure Mbewe, Head of Legal at Barclays Zambia

The event, which involved 180 students from six districts in Copperbelt Province, was organised in partnership with charity Junior Achievement as part of the B-inspired educational camp.

The participants were tasked to find ways to help Barclays ensure the financial inclusion of miners in the local community and three winning teams each received book vouchers in recognition of their creative thinking.

Bonaventure Mbewe, Head of Legal at Barclays Zambia, said: "Barclays is determined to empower young people through entrepreneurship, financial literacy and other forms of addressing business challenges even before they complete higher education."

He also appealed to the country's Ministry of Education to support the efforts of businesses in investing in the economic and cultural development of local communities.

Barclays partnership with Junior Achievement is a three-year, £1.5m commitment aimed at improving students' entrepreneurial and money management skills.

It is part of Banking on brighter futures, Barclays flagship community investment programme, which draws on the wealth of Barclays expertise and skills as a financial services organisation to help disadvantaged people around the world achieve financial independence and security.

Banking on brighter futures focuses on financial inclusion and education, entrepreneurship and helping people into employment.

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