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Education and vocational training is the key to opening opportunities and improving livelihoods.

Rates of primary school enrolment in emerging markets have increased substantially since 2000 as governments strive to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. However, many children still lack access to a quality education, and secondary school enrolment levels remain woefully low in much of the developing world as traditional approaches continually fail to bridge the gap. Yet the potential benefits are substantial, especially for girls: every extra year of secondary school adds 15-25 per cent to a girl’s future wage.5 Additionally, the large population of unemployed youth beyond secondary school in developing countries creates a need for better remedial and vocational training solutions. Among the major challenges is the lack of capacity within governments to scale impactful programs, as too few innovations make the leap from small pilots to wider scales or new geographies. However, developing countries are well positioned to “leapfrog” into new educational models rather than following traditional approaches. Technology could potentially accelerate development by skipping less efficient, more expensive or less sustainable methods—such as paper printing—as schools are able to immediately utilize e-learning opportunities, educational online games, social networking and distance video lecturing.

Approaches which utilize technology, leverage private sector involvement, and tackle multiple development goals have the greatest capacity for change. In education, this includes initiatives such as e-learning programs which build vocational skills for nurses and farmers. However, many organizations and emerging governments need help to create and drive momentum across multiple cross-sector partners. Accenture Development Partnerships is able to bring innovations to scale and forge partnerships across the public and private sectors in order to transform education. Strong links with Accenture’s commercial practice enables us to leverage expertise from across our global content development centers and learning support centers, delivering educational expertise and direct program impact for our clients. In addition, we can help organizations build their internal capabilities—from organizational design and capacity building through to developing technology solutions—so they can focus on educational outcomes. Helping AMREF build a mobile Health Enablement and Learning Platform to train community health workers and achieve lasting health change in Africa Community healthcare workers serve on the frontline of health care in most of Africa, yet this critical health cadre faces a number of serious challenges when it comes to delivery of sustainable health care. Among others, there is a lack of skills, tools and continuous learning opportunities to equip and empower them to deliver effective healthcare. The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) proposed the development of a mobile Health Enablement and Learning Platform (AMREF HELP) to address these issues.

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