This Universal Children’s Day, which promotes efforts to improve child welfare worldwide, AkzoNobel and Plan International Netherlands are celebrating their 25th anniversary of improving education for young people through their joint Education Fund.
Beginning with education for children in developing countries, the partnership has grown to also offer training, new skills and mentorship. Over the years, tens of thousands of young people around the world have participated in more than 50 projects supported in part by the Education Fund.
In just the past five years, thousands of youth in Natal, Brazil; Chengdu, China; and Northern India have received market-oriented vocational training – after which many secured decent jobs or self-employment. The most recent project kicked off last month in Jia County, China, where we’re providing girls the opportunity to develop skills in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).