IKEA Foundation commits euros 2.9 mn for girl child education in India

IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Swedish home furnishing major IKEA, has committed euros 2.9 million for girl child education and empowerment in India through Lila Poonawalla Foundation.

"The IKEA Foundation's commitment of euros 2.9 million will enable the girls to not only pursue and complete their education, but also help them become confident young individuals who become financially independent members of society," IKEA Foundation said in a statement.

It further said: "Apart from just scholarships, this grant will also provide funds to organise various training programmes such as soft skill development, journey to job and aptitude training to the girls. The training programmes will help them get practical exposure and enhance their knowledge."

Under this initiative, IKEA Foundation is supporting 4,000 girls from Pune, Amravati and Wardha to help them pursue their under-graduate and post graduate studies.

The IKEA Foundation-Lila Poonawalla partnership began in 2011 with IKEA Foundation supporting the selected girls to pursue their graduation and PG. Tthe girls are selected after a screening process.

The girls who receive support under this initiative belong to economically challenged background.

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