Quality Education

SDG 4: Universal education

Limited resources prevent young people from attending schools and universities. To remedy the situation, the United Nations aim to significantly increase the number of young people with technical knowledge and marketable skills by 2030. The following three examples illustrate how Bosch is contributing to preparing young people for their working lives.  

The Instituto Robert Bosch in Curitiba, Brazil, demonstrates how long-term cooperation between companies and local authorities may function efficiently. Since 2004, the corporate foundation has been investing in programs that have benefited the needy at four Bosch locations in Brazil. The foundation not only mobilizes funding and personnel, but it also coordinates the activities of Bosch associates who have volunteered their time. Moreover, the foundation develops apprenticeship and training programs, including classes in electrical engineering, mathematics, and sales. These classes are always developed in close cooperation with the municipal authorities. In 2016, the Instituto Robert Bosch was honored with the “SESI ODS Award” for its commitment to social well-being. The prize is awarded by the Social Service of Industry (SESI), a national non-profit organization that focuses on the education and health of the workforce.

 

With 16 Projects, Instituto Robert Bosch reached 3,200 Young People over the course of its “PEÇA POR PEÇA“ initiative in 2016.

A mission for diversity

Long-term educational partnerships are a central focus of Bosch’s sustainability activities in Italy. In 2016 and for the eighth time, the company invited elementary schools to take part in the “Missione Ambiente” project, which complements the curriculum with sustainability-related learning materials that Bosch developed. In 2016, diversity and the co-existence of different cultures were the central focus. Participating schools were given the task of developing a bottle label that promoted cultural diversity. The three best designs were then produced in cooperation with a mineral water company, and proceeds from the bottles sold were donated to a charitable organization. In total, 4,500 schools took part in the competition.

 

Supporting the “Makers of Tomorrow”

Bosch Laos and the National University of Laos launched the “Makers of Tomorrow” program in September 2016. The aim is to promote the creativity and practical skills of up-and-coming engineers, architects, and designers. Their first challenge was to find new application possibilities for an old water tank that had been standing idle on the campus for decades. The winning concept planned to turn the tank into an open classroom that is powered with solar energy and has a natural ventilation system. Bosch supported the teams with specialist knowledge and the tools they needed for their projects. The winning concept is currently being realized. Following the positive response to the joint initiative, the partners are planning to strengthen their cooperation by establishing a “Makers of Tomorrow” academy. The training center will offer students the opportunity to improve their practical skills in a targeted manner.

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Additional education projects in Bosch countries

+++++ The Science Tunnel, a mobile technology exhibit by the German Max Planck Society, has been traveling the world for 16 years. In September 2016, Bosch and other companies sponsored the exhibit in Argentina. With the help of interactive modules, the tunnel shows the ways in which technology contributes to solving the challenges society faces – from resource scarcity to the fight against poverty, hunger, and disease. The exhibit attracted 20,000 visitors. +++++ For the past four years, the Bosch location in Hatvan, Hungary, has supported the nearby Szent István elementary school. At this year’s theme day, Bosch associates introduced pupils to technical knowledge – including how to build a robot using recycled material. +++++