By Bishalakhi Ghosh, Director, Alcatel-Lucent Foundation.
In 2011, the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation partnered with World Education to start our Global Signature Program – ConnectEd. The idea behind this program was to be able to provide help to participants who are mainly young adults and are striving to enter the “world of work”. Also given our technology leadership and expertise, it was decided that digitization of education and tools will be a focal point in this program. Today we have completed 2 successful years in this program, have provided digital training to 12,513 youth, 60% of them girls!
As we start working on our 3rd year, I took sometime to talk to World Education Program Director for ConnectEd, Estelle Day, to understand how this program is helping the participants, what has been challenging and what has been successful.
What were the influencing factors in determining the form and structure of ConnectEd?
World Education has been working for 60 years in over 40 countries. Over those many years we have learnt what types of education interventions are most effective in helping vulnerable youth get ahead and break down the cycles of disadvantage surrounding them.