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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.
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.
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.
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