AMSTERDAM; Oct. 28, 2015 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has made a US$2.2 million grant to Plan Netherlands to help the nonprofit deliver digital, technical and life skills training to more than 6,000 disadvantaged youth in Tanzania and Zambia.
The grant, which includes both cash and pro-bono services, will enable Plan International to secure employment for 5,000 of these youth who face staggering unemployment rates and poverty – over 70 percent of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa live on less than US$2 dollars a day.
It also will help the nonprofit develop a digital learning platform to deliver skills training using interactive components such as applications and games. These youth will be trained for a variety of digital jobs such as computer maintenance, digital marketing and coding, including the skills they need to improve or start their own businesses.
“Together with Plan, we are helping connect these youth to the digital world – enabling access to technology that was previously unattainable and equipping them with skills to create a more secure future for themselves, their families and communities,” said Jill Huntley, managing director of Global Corporate Citizenship at Accenture.
The partnership is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which is equipping more than 3 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. Over the past five years, Accenture and Plan International have partnered to help approximately 10,000 disadvantaged youth secure employment.
“Working alongside Accenture, we combine our expertise and ability to help disadvantaged youth in Tanzania and Zambia access the skills education and training needed to further their potential and secure employment,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International.”
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 358,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture is equipping more than 3 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$31.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Plan International
Founded 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
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