Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) has announced that Pratham USA and INJAZ al-Arab have each received a US$250,000 grant as part of the Deloitte21 Challenge. The grant recipients were announced at the 2011 Deloitte World Meetings, the organisation's annual global leadership meeting held in Washington D.C, USA.
A statement by the firm in Lagos signed by Clara Ogunsemi, head, Clients & Markets, said the Deloitte21 Challenge is designed to recognise and celebrate leading Deloitte21 programmes from around the world that apply Deloitte member firms' business skills to deliver scalable solutions that positively affect both local communities and the global economy. The Deloitte21 Challenge Grant is designed to support Deloitte member firms' ongoing work with the selected organisations and to help contribute to the long-term success of their programs.
Deloitte United States is currently helping Pratham USA to create achievement centers that will increase access to secondary education and vocational skills for young women in India. Deloitte Middle East is working with INJAZ al-Arab to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among young Arab people.
"The world is currently facing a growing talent gap between what potential workers are learning and the actual skills needed to thrive today and in the future," said Barry Salzberg, Global CEO, DTTL. "It is imperative for businesses worldwide to recognize this void and take action toward adequately preparing young people for a knowledge-based economy."
Through the Deloitte21 initiative, Deloitte member firms help develop the skills of underserved young people so they can thrive in the global economy and become innovators, leaders, decision-makers, and business owners. Taking the next step toward helping students and young adults think more entrepreneurially, INJAZ al-Arab and Deloitte Middle East are introducing the "Be Entrepreneurial" curriculum to high school and university students, and launching a regional business plan competition. Similarly, Pratham USA, in collaboration with Deloitte United States, is working to reduce the education gap among young women in India by creating achievement centers where they can attain secondary school certifications and obtain critical vocational skills.
"Deloitte member firms make their greatest impact on society through the talents and skills of their people. Every day, they are helping corporations and governments around the world to improve their performance and success," said Heather Hancock, Managing Director Brand & Communications, DTTL. "It is just as central to the Deloitte organization's values that we use these skills, and the outstanding commitment of Deloitte member firm professionals, to help unlock the potential of underserved young people around the globe. We are delighted to support the efforts of Deloitte member firms and these two outstanding organizations through the Deloitte21 Challenge."
By harnessing the intellectual capital and skills of Deloitte member firm professionals, Deloitte21 focuses on investing in innovative programs that have the potential to transform the way education and skills are attained. Deloitte member firm professionals work alongside educators, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and governmental and non-governmental organizations and apply their business skills to help maximize the reach and impact of emerging and existing educational programmes