Prosus FLIGHT was developed to catalyse systemic change in education, with a focus on improving outcomes for young women. The project will focus on 5 districts within the state of Maharashtra in India — Greater Metropolitan Region in Mumbai City, Mumbai Suburban, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad. These districts are chosen for their existing infrastructure (education and transport) and societal attitudes to aid successful programme delivery and completion.
For successful implementation of the programme, we have onboarded two implementation partners:
- PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action) works with disadvantaged communities to help them emerge from poverty and lead a life of dignity.
- B-Able (Basix Academy For Building Lifelong Employability) provides vocational skills development training within the informal sector to underprivileged youths in India.
The initiative undertakes a holistic approach to empowerment following the themes of learning, employment, and entrepreneurship.
- FLIGHT provides an annual scholarship to pursue higher education to each of the young women selected. This is in line with UN Women's guidance, where FLIGHT will provide financial support for three years, with a partial contribution from the student.
- 750 women and girls will be pursuing their higher education under the programme. This includes college degrees and/or technical education post-schooling.
- They will be trained in digital and soft skills to help them gain meaningful employment and/or support their journey to becoming entrepreneurs.
- By educating important stakeholders in these girls’ lives, FLIGHT will look to foster a community that is supportive of their education. This will also ensure that students are motivated to complete their courses and graduate.
- Additionally, the programme will:
- Identify second- and third-year female college students to mentor first-year students and act as role models, to help reduce drop-out rates.
- Provide opportunities to network and connect within the technology industry by organising guest lectures and learning sessions (online and in person).
- Provide access to job fairs, internship opportunities, and exposure visits to companies.
- Provide training (online and offline) on transferable skills such as professional soft skills, leadership and communication skills, digital economy skills, gender equality training, and digital and financial literacy.
- Assist in connecting students to female entrepreneurs who may provide financial or business support.