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News | Learning on a full stomach

Bosch India provides warm meals to underprivileged school children

In India, many needy families face a dilemma: if they send their children to school, they often have too little money left over to pay for food. And if children have to work, they do not have access to education, cannot learn an occupation, and thus cannot escape poverty.

 

Bosch India - Akshaya Patra Foundation - Food at School

 

In order to provide these children with educational opportunities, Bosch India is supporting the construction of a canteen kitchen not far from the city of Bengaluru. As soon as February, the kitchen is set to start delivering warm lunches to 15,000 school children each day in the vicinity of the new Bosch manufacturing site in Bidadi. There are many state schools in the region that are attended mainly by children from poor families. “With the offer of a warm meal, we are providing families with an incentive to send their children to school,” explains Om Parkash Goel of Bosch India. “But we are also creating jobs: we need 80 employees to run the kitchen.” In addition to funding the project and providing all the required utensils, Bosch has also supported the project with its expertise in the areas of project and purchasing management.

The Indian NGO Akshaya Patra (“food bowl”) has carried out the project. The foundation has supported the education of underprivileged children since 2000 by providing them warm, healthy meals. Today, the organization offers lunch to as many as 1.7 million children at 13,529 schools each day. It has a far-reaching logistical network and expertise in preparing and distributing food for canteen kitchens. While Akshaya Patra is funded with state subsidies, corporate donations are an indispensable part of its budget. Bosch was referred to the Akshaya Patra Foundation by associates that volunteer for the NGO.

More information on the Akshaya Patra Foundation can be found here.

 

Picture by Akshaya Patra Foundation.

News | More Jobs in Nigeria

At the CEO Forum in Lagos, businesspeople discussed access to education for Nigerian youth

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all" is one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which some 200 heads of state agreed upon at the end of September. In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, the current social reality makes achieving this goal challenging: at present, more than 80 percent of the working age population does not have any specific qualifications, and around 60 percent of the unemployed have no occupational training  (Source: Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, P.9 - only available in German).

Against this backdrop, the Nigerian non-profit organization CSR Children has set itself the aim of fighting high levels of youth unemployment in cooperation with businesses. To this end, the foundation organized the CEO Forum in October. Representatives from the public and private sectors including non-profit organization took part in the one day conference.

 

 

Bosch was also among the event's sponsors and participants. The company officially opened an office in Lagos, the Nigerian commercial capital, in June 2015. One of the most important orders of business for the company is offering young Nigerians high quality occupational training to secure its own supply of specialists. At the CEO Forum, Ghislain Noumbessy, General Manager of Robert Bosch Ltd Nigeria, introduced the company’s “Afrika kommt”-initiative: “Young people from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya are undergoing a one year training programme at Bosch locations in Germany and will be offered a position in their respective country once the programme is completed”, Noumbessy said. Additionally, representatives of other companies such as Nestlé, Siemens and organizations such as the AHK Nigeria discussed the extent to which Europe's cooperative education model can be established in Nigeria. 

Bosch has been working with Nigeria's National Automotive Council (NAC) since October 2014. The company and the public body share the aim of preparing Nigerian workshops for an increasingly motorized population. In addition to repair work, the partners also intend to offer training programs for mechanics and make modern equipment available to workshop operators.  

With Nigeria, Bosch is now present in 9 African countries, and employs more than 760 associates in Africa. 

More information on the CEO Forum can be found here.

More information on the non-profit organization CSR can be found here.

News | Girls do science

Female school students explore STEM careers at Bosch
 
 
Controlling a robot or flying a drone – why not? At the end of July, some 70 female school students were invited behind the scenes at the Bosch plant in Charleston, South Carolina. As part of the “Girls’ Day out Education and Business Expo”, the students had the chance to visit various companies and explore careers that have traditionally been dominated by men. The event was designed to get girls interested in the four “STEM” subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math. 
 
The Bosch “Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic” in Charleston was one of the many companies that opened its doors to the students for the day. The associates had prepared an exciting range of activities for the girls, including computer programming and using a skateboard model to explore how an anti-lock braking system (ABS) works. A “dress-for-success” fashion show was also staged to demonstrate the kinds of clothing most suitable for work.
 
Diversity is key to the success enjoyed by Bosch – for instance, there is clear evidence that mixed-sex teams work more efficiently and develop better products. It is therefore crucial for the company to attract and support female staff. The aim is for 20 percent of all executive positions worldwide to be filled by women by 2020.
 
You can find out more about diversity at Bosch here.
 
More information on equal opportunities at Bosch can be found here.
 

News | Supporting the specialists of tomorrow

Wissensfabrik celebrates its tenth anniversary
 
 
Ten years ago, the Wissensfabrik (knowledge factory) initiative was launched with the aim of sparking talented young people’s interest in technology, business, and the natural sciences. At the time, nine companies, including Bosch, entered into a partnership to promote early childhood education. Today, the network comprises 127 companies and corporate foundations. With partners from academia, they provide the tools and funding necessary to initiate educational projects for children, young adults, and young entrepreneurs.
 
The Wissensfabrik aims to provide long-term support. “Education is not the filling of barrels, but the spark of flames”, said Dr. Heiner Boeker of Bosch, quoting the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. From July 1, 2015, Boeker will succeed Johanna Coleman as chairperson of the organization when Coleman returns to BASF. Until now, 180 start-ups and 700,000 school students have benefited from the Wissenfabrik’s support.
 
The organization recently began cooperating with the “Jugend Forscht” foundation, and awards a special prize each year that aims to support young researchers start their own companies. In 2015, the prize went to Rieke-Marie Hackbarth, a 14-year-old high school student who invented a self-disinfecting stethoscope.
 
 
The awards ceremony took place at the anniversary celebration on June 8 at the BASF conference center in Ludwigshafen. Johanna Colemen and Dr. Boeker sealed a time capsule at the event that contained the network’s plans and wishes for the next ten years. Around 200 invited guests were asked to formulate a vision for the future at a “World Café”. Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of Bosch’s supervisory board and member of the steering committee, was among them. The time capsule will be opened at the Wissensfabrik’s 20th anniversary.
 
 
The video on the anniversary celebration can be found here (German)
 
More information on the Wissensfabrik can be found here (German)
 

News: UWC Robert Bosch College opens in Freiburg

Environmental topics are the focus of Germany's first United World College

New developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung

 

UWC Robert Bosch College opened on September 23 in Freiburg. Starting immediately, 200 talented upper-secondary level students from all over the world are completing their International Baccalaureate, a diploma that is recognized around the globe. In its inaugural year, 100 students from more than 70 countries will be graduating from the college.

 

The United World College (UWC) concept is unique in that students are selected by independent national committees purely on the basis of their suitability, personality, and talent. Moreover, full scholarships ensure that their parents’ income level is irrelevant. The opening of the 13th UWC was made possible by Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch Stiftung,  which provided funding for the college and is covering the lion’s share of operating costs.

 

Promoting education in the spirit of company founder Robert Bosch

 

“This concept makes United World Colleges unique around the world,” said Ingrid Hamm, the managing director of Robert Bosch Stiftung. “It perfectly reflects the wishes of Robert Bosch, who was committed to promoting education within his company and beyond.”

 

Environmental topics will be an integral part of the curriculum at UWC Robert Bosch College. In particular, teachers will be focusing on the ways in which technology can contribute to sustainable development and peace. “Until now, the technical progress of our civilization has had a negative impact on our surroundings,” said Christoph Bosch, the grandson of Robert Bosch and a doctor of forestry. “However, we need technology that is not only beneficial for humankind, but also for our environment. Otherwise, we will destroy our natural habitats.”

 

More information on UWC can be found here