An expanded partnership between Accenture(NYSE:ACN) and global humanitarian organization Save the Children will arm 31,500 young people in Indonesia, half of which will be women, with skills to make them more employable in the future. This collaboration will impact more marginalized populations including women and persons with disabilities.
To help Save the Children achieve this, Accenture will enable the organization to ramp up its use of digital technology, using a human-centered design approach to build web-based and mobile platforms that connect more youth to e-learning modules and job matching services. Users will receive a combination of employment, entrepreneurship, digital and vocational skills training for future careers in industries such as ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).
In Indonesia, the youth unemployment rate is approximately 23 percent and rising. The partnership also will help Save the Children access at-risk young people that are increasingly hard to reach, including women and those with disabilities — an extremely marginalized population, 20 percent of which live in extreme poverty and face heightened barriers to education and training.
“Underprivileged youth are often excluded from opportunities to gain the critical skills they need to achieve economic independence,” said Jill Huntley, Accenture’s global head of corporate citizenship. “But there is hope — digital technologies can help bridge the gap and connect more of these individuals with the training and education they need for a brighter future.”
“This partnership will help Save the Children achieve our mission of helping break the cycle of poverty for the most marginalized populations,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president & CEO. “Our partnership with Accenture will help identify and empower more of these young people, forging pathways to employment that lift them, their families and their communities, out of poverty.”
Accenture and Save the Children have partnered together since 2011 as part of the company’s Skills to Succeed initiative. To date, more than 70,000 young men and women in 11 countries received training to better equip them for the future; subsequently, more than 20,000 reported securing new or better jobs or self-employment. In Indonesia, Save the Children’s program is implemented through a national foundation, Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik as the implementation partner in delivering programs and advocating for children’s right.
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About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Save the Children International has been operating in Indonesia since 1976 and Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik was established in 2014 with the aim of growing an independent, self-sustaining and self-advocating child rights and child-focused organization. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.