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R24,6 Million boost to “Save The Children” and empower South African youth while combatting inequality!

 

South Africa (14 September 2023) – In a landmark initiative, Accenture, a global leader in consulting and technology services, has announced a substantial grant of nearly $1.3 million (R24.6 million) to the South African branch of the non-governmental organisation Save the Children.

This grant signifies a powerful commitment to fostering youth entrepreneurship and social innovation over a three-year period, specifically targeting South Africa’s most marginalised young people.

Save the Children, already a trusted partner of Accenture in various countries, will now collaborate with Accenture South Africa for the first time. This partnership falls under the umbrella of the Accenture Skills 2 Succeed (S2S) programme, which focuses on equipping young individuals with the skills needed to thrive in the job market while fostering values that support a sustainable and resource-efficient society.

“Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In South Africa and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.”

Khethiwe Nkuna, Responsible Business Executive for Accenture in Africa, spoke passionately about the transformative potential of this initiative.

She said, “The programme aims to equip young men and women who experience the most inequality in South Africa with the skills needed to pursue decent work and economic growth successfully. The programme also equips youth with the attitudes, knowledge, and values to develop a sustainable and resource-efficient society.”

The project’s reach will extend to youth aged 15-24 in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng Provinces, focusing on those who face the most significant inequalities and discrimination, including women, migrants, refugees, and unaccompanied youth.

Accenture’s commitment to youth empowerment in South Africa is ambitious, with plans to engage 30,000 young individuals, of whom 50% will be women. This engagement will encompass awareness-raising interventions on skills development, employment readiness, gender equality, inclusion, green job opportunities, and climate change. Additionally, the project aims to improve the knowledge and skills of 20,000 youth (50% women), including 100 migrant, refugee, and unaccompanied youth, through training in employability skills and fostering a green mindset.

Accenture’s focus on entrepreneurship will benefit 12,000 youth (50% women) by enhancing their career readiness and resiliency, helping them secure decent jobs, start businesses, or pursue higher education. The project also aims to create an enabling environment for youth’s career readiness and resiliency by reaching 860 adults, including educators, community leaders, and parents.

Addressing South Africa’s Challenges

South Africa’s complex socio-economic landscape presents unique challenges. Despite being classified as a middle-income country with a high Human Development Index rating, it grapples with extreme inequality, poverty, and unemployment. Many of the nation’s young people face uncertain futures marked by unemployment and underemployment. To address these challenges, the project will focus on several key areas:

  • Developing Career Readiness and Resilience: Vulnerable youth will receive training to enhance their employability skills and green mindset, improving their prospects in the formal job market.
  • Job Linkages and Green Jobs: The project will facilitate connections between young individuals and employers through job fairs, career counselling, and awareness campaigns, particularly emphasising green job opportunities.
  • Closing the Digital Skills Gap: Recognising the importance of digital skills, the project will provide essential digital training and internet connectivity to youth through local Community Service Organisations (CSOs).
  • Addressing the Needs of Migrant Youth: Special attention will be given to young migrants and asylum seekers, providing them with transferable life skills, business skills, financial literacy, and vocational training.
  • Youth Advocacy and Leadership: The initiative will establish a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) composed of program participants, offering leadership and advocacy training to empower young voices for change.
  • Promoting Gender Equality: A comprehensive Labour Market Assessment will collect data to understand and address barriers young women face in securing decent employment.

Participants for this transformative project will be selected from a variety of sources, including public schools, afterschool programs, TVET colleges, CSOs, and community youth programs. Employee engagement initiatives with Accenture will also support the program’s implementation.

Accenture’s generous investment in Save the Children South Africa will not only extend the successful S2S program but also introduce innovative elements to combat inequality and empower young people as agents of change. This initiative promises to equip South Africa’s youth with the skills they need to succeed in a green economy, ultimately contributing to the development of a just, sustainable, and resource-efficient society.


Sources: Accenture | Save The Children 
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