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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
At Bosch Rexroth in Lohr, children are discovering the fascinating world of technology.
Hurrah, the light is lit! With lots of support from Bosch apprentices, little five- and six-year-old visitors from Kita Rodenbach day nursery managed to create a closed power circuit. To do that, they first had to learn where electricity actually comes from and how to handle the tools properly. Later on, the diminutive scientists returned to their kindergarten, complete with research “driver licenses” and brand new experiment kits.
Since 2009, Bosch Rexroth has been inviting children from nearby kindergartens to take part in research adventures specifically tailored to this age group. As a founding member of the German association “Wissensfabrik” (Knowledge Factory), the company also maintains education partnerships with high schools, secondary-technical schools, and junior high schools. The aim is to give children and young people the chance to gain insights into the world of technology at a level appropriate to their age. “Education is a core building block in Germany’s competitiveness on the international stage. That’s why it is important to get girls and boys interested in technology and business early on,” says Franz Fehrenbach. The chairman of the Bosch supervisory council has been head of the Wissensfabrik since June 2013.
The charitable association was founded in 2005 by the companies BASF, Bosch, Fischer, Follmann, KSB, Thyssen Krupp, Trumpf, Voith, and Wall. It seeks to optimize the way young people are prepared for the challenges of the knowledge society and thus make a lasting contribution to Germany’s status as a location for education and training. Around 100 member companies are currently committed to 2,400 education partnerships with kindergartens and schools in their region.