Deloitte, the global professional services giant, is planning a project for the education and skills training of 10 million young girls in India, with the aim to prepare them for meaningful work in the coming times.


Named the “Worldclass Initiative” by Deloitte, the project aims at supporting 10 million girls in India through education and skills training by the end of 2030. The Worldclass Initiative aims to equip 50 million people around the globe, in order to prepare them for work setting in the coming future on the lines set forth by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Deloitte’s WorldClass programme in India focuses on improving the retention rate of girls in schools and will emphasise on higher educational outcomes and skills development with access to better employment opportunities in the country.

Deloitte is a global brand, under which thousands of dedicated professionals across the globe work in independent firms and collaborate to provide auditing and consulting services, risk advisory, financial advisory and tax or other related services to international clients. The company has over 286,000 professionals at member firms, based in more than 150 countries across the globe.

Under the Worldclass Initiative, partnerships with organisations including Katha and Pratham will be launched, as these organisations are already working to improve learning outcomes of millions of children and youngsters in schools as well as communities all over India.

“Our goal with WorldClass is to empower 50 million people globally by 2030 by providing them access to the education and skills required to find meaningful work in the new economy,” Punit Renjen, Global CEO Deloitte said. “The world is on the brink of a seismic shift with the emergence of the Industry 4.0 wave, and to thrive in it, and we must work together so that no one is left behind”, he added

According to Renjen, almost 40 percent of girls aged between 15 and 18 drop out of schools and colleges in India, while only 26 percent of women are employed in different sectors. The demographic dividend in India, as one of the emerging economies of the world, is an integral part of their growth story. The task at hand is to harness the power of this aspect which can be fuelled by the private sector alone.

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