Accenture and USAID meet in Mumbai

About the event

6 Mar 2013

On 5th March the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Ed) co-hosted a meeting with USAID and member company, Accenture, in Mumbai, India to discuss the launch of USAID’s READ Alliance (Read, Engage, Achieve, Dream). This platform will bring together non-profits, private sector organizations, and civil society bodies dedicated to improving the literacy skills of India’s children. They aim to do so through sharing knowledge and ideas, targeting and scaling innovations in reading, and stressing the importance of child literacy to India’s future. The launch was led by Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of USAID (US Agency for International Development).
This meeting follows the successful launch of the GBC-Ed India Working Group . The group is comprised of Founding Members AccentureIntelLenovoMcKinsey & CoPearson, and Western Union, and is currently working on a pilot project to take place in government schools in Delhi with the aim of improving the learning outcomes of children in classes 5-7. This project is designed to be inherently scalable in order to help spread the model regionally and nationally, ensuring that it benefits as many of India’s children as possible.
In India, at least 2.3 million children are not in primary education and many millions more need urgent and dramatic improvement in their learning. Almost half of the children who do attend school are illiterate. Increasing the quality of education goes hand-in-hand with increasing access and equity improvement. The situation demands the resources and expertise that the private sector – partnering with civil society and the public sector – can bring. In acting as a strong voice for the business community for global education, GBC-Ed hopes to build new alliances and effective strategic partnerships.