ConnectEd Seventh Semi-Annual Report – April 1, 2014-September 30, 2014

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Since ConnectEd began in April 2011 the program has reached 22,575 youth. Over that time, 3,537 volunteer placements have been filled by Alcatel-Lucent employees.

The aim of ConnectEd is to help the most disadvantaged youth in Australia, Brazil, China, India and Indonesia to achieve better learning outcomes, have skills that will make them better prepared for the world of work, and to be more active in their communities. While March 31, 2014 saw the end of ConnectEd activities in Australia, Brazil, China and India, the program’s successful approach continues in Indonesia. In partnership with local NGO, Yayasan Bina Insan Mandiri (YABIM), 2,262 youth from the Depok area of greater Jakarta have been reached in the last six months.

ConnectEd, funded by the Alcatel-Lucent foundation, uses a range of interventions to reach these goals, from scholarships, coaching, life skills and personal development courses, to nonformal education programs for out-of-school youth, job skills training, work placement, and ‘youth civic voice’ actions. Information Communication Technology (ICT) is also emphasized to enhance learning. ConnectEd recognizes the importance of possessing basic ICT skills for fostering inclusion, giving disadvantaged youth a better chance to cross the opportunities gap and to access more and better employment options.

This report summarizes the activities and successes of the program in Indonesia for the first six months of Year 4.

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