Providing education support
Effective, targeted education provides vital opportunities for young people, but the school systems in some of our local areas do not always provide the support that they need. Because we see them as our future workforce, we engage with teenagers about what our industry can offer. In some regions, we provide financial support and internships. In others, we offer assistance in building schools, as well as providing practical training in specific areas for adults.
Our educational support spans:
- Open days for students
- Scholarship programs and internships
- Funding for new school buildings
- Community awareness training
- Immersive English language camps
- Safety awareness and training
Educational support varies across our regions due to the autonomy and specificity of our local community engagement approach, which ensures we meet local needs.
Gummidipoondi – We supported the upgrading of a public school and implemented a WASH project to promote access to safe water and hygiene facilities in partnership with UNICEF, along with scholarships and educational support to enhance students’ learning capacity.
Renukoot – We provided free specialized coaching to help over 100 underprivileged children prepare for examinations. We also carried out a feasibility study for the renovation of a local school attended by 270 students, including to improve access to clean water and hygiene facilities.
Patalganga – We support local primary and secondary school pupils and provide access to quality education for rural students. Activities in FY2018 included funding special coaching to help raise exam results for 100 students, providing school uniforms for 450 children, and supporting cultural and educational events.
South East Asia
Korea – We provided classroom equipment to the Yeosu Multicultural Welfare Center, an organization that provides social adaptation support and promotes self-reliance to help multicultural families settle in Korean society.
China – We restored the library at Hukeng Elementary School, located near our Jining plant. The library was redecorated and restocked with almost 100 books donated by Birla Carbon employees, along with 100 books purchased by the plant. In Weifang, we provided five scholarships to cover university fees for disadvantaged students and donated new luggage to students passing the entrance exam to university and ranking in the top 80.
Thailand – Alongside our student trainee program, we provide scholarships for employees’ children and local disadvantaged students.
Europe and Africa
Italy – We founded the not-for-profit Birla Association for Education and Promotion of Human Development, which seeks to support sustainability initiatives through education. In FY2018, the foundation supported three schools with its project “From (Carbon) Black to Light,” which aims to bring to light new ideas and technologies for a more sustainable world. We hosted 12 internships which saw our Trecate Plant awarded the “BAQ” (Bollino per l’Alternanza di Qualità – Recognition for Internship Quality), and welcomed some 280 middle school students to our plant.
Egypt – We supported classes in three government-run schools to help some 400 students secure better grades. We also provided sports, arts and computer literacy activities in village schools, benefiting some 1,300 students. Three nursery school facilities benefiting 400 children and their families have been established, along with summer courses to enhance children’s educational levels and prepare them for the next academic year.
Hamilton – Every year, Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canada, selects four students from their Power Engineering program to complete a three-month training program at Birla Carbon. The training gives the students hands-on operating experience of the cogeneration power plant, and counts towards their Power Engineering certification. In FY2018, we also sponsored the Annual Beach Kids Christmas Party, which was attended by some 60 families and included an educational science-based show.
Hickock – In addition to providing school scholarships, we supported Tigers in Action, a community organization that assists families with eye glasses, dental care, school supplies and learning programs to help students succeed.
Marietta – Now in its fourth year, our five-year partnership with Kennesaw State University in Georgia comprises a total contribution of $250,000, which supports 10 students a year. As part of our partnership, we also provide internships and employment opportunities with Birla Carbon. We are currently exploring opportunities to extend the partnership for another five years.
Camacari – We focus on supporting students at public schools in the communities around our plants to help improve their employability and career planning. Our volunteers talk about their own careers and highlight the competences that students need to enter the labor market, as well as discussing the role of chemistry in our lives. Students are invited to visit our plants through the Open Door Program.