From World Bank News
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 – The World Bank Board today approved the US$ 63 million Tejaswini: Socioeconomic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls & Young Women Project in Jharkhand, which will support adolescent girls and young women, ages 14-24, to complete their secondary level education and acquire relevant skills for the job market.
This is the first World Bank project in India that is solely focused on the welfare of adolescent girls and young women.
“The benefits of a country’s demographic dividend hinges on the productive employment of its working age population. In Jharkhand, an estimated 56 percent of young women (ages 15-24) are neither engaged in education, nor employment or training. Empowering these women through skills training and helping them complete their secondary education will improve their lives as well as allow them to contribute to Jharkhand’s development,” said Onno Ruhl, World Bank Country Director in India.
The project, which will support market-driven skills training and secondary education as well as broader socio-economic empowerment for adolescent girls and young women in 17 select districts of Jharkhand,