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Implementation - GoTeach Partnership between Deutsche Post DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

The Challenge

According to the International Labor Organization, income inequality has increased in about two thirds of countries world since the 1990s. The financial crisis and the accompanying global recession ...

According to the International Labor Organization, income inequality has increased in about two thirds of countries world since the 1990s. The financial crisis and the accompanying global recession are expected to widen the gap further between the rich and the poor.

 

Project goal:GoTeach Partnership between Deutsche Post DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

Improving the employability of young people with SOS Children’s Villages. Career guidance, mentoring, vocational education and internships coupled with financial support for SOS Children’s Villages youth and education programs.

 

Project size:

Over the course of 2012, more than 1,100 employees invested over 14,000 hours of their time to take part in joint partnership activities. As such, a total of 1,400 young people benefited from 51 different support initiatives in the seven partner countries. We plan to expand our partnership to at least eight more countries in 2013.

 

 

 

Project description:

GoTeach Partnership between Deutsche Post DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

In preparing young people for employment in the fast moving world that revolves around efficiency and customer care, SOS Children’s Villages recognized that conventional training programs required something more. Needed was something that resonates with the current requirements of employers and something that unleashes the hidden talent in every young mind. Now, a package, like no other, has just arrived.

“Dealing with the unexpected and working in an international environment” is something that “helps bring people out of their shell” according to Kim who grew up in an SOS family in Vietnam. “People should not feel pity for us; we do not want this to happen” the twenty-two year-old stresses, as she shares her infectious enthusiasm for life. “I feel I am luckier and happier than most, however, when one person feels happy, it is not enough. It is important to sympathize and share with those less fortunate.”

The participating young people receive individualized support from DPDHL’s local employees, who volunteer in their respective countries. In internships, the young people gain valuable insights into the working world, learn to take on responsibility and gain important experience which they can use for their future careers. Our partnership activities focus on the following areas: Career orientation and job qualification programs, mentoring through DPDHL’s employees, and financial support for the SOS Children’s Village educational programs and facilities. DPDHL collaborates with national country organizations of SOS Children’s Villages to develop activities that meet local requirements.

 

Breaking the link between social background and educational achievement

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DPDHL’s provision of career guidance, mentoring and internships coupled with financial support for SOS Youth and Education Programmes provides the confidence, knowledge and life skills that are important everywhere, but vital in poorer countries and communities where employment and empowerment is most challenging.

SOS Children’s Villages works in 133 countries to support families and help children at risk grow up in a loving home. In a world filled with poverty, violence, and injustice, the greatest victims are often children. For more than 60 years, SOS Children’s Villages has worked with partners in each community to either help families care for their children or to provide an alternative, for instance an SOS family, in which the love of a carer is essential. The organization does everything based on the best interests of the child and youth, and each person in care has an individual development plan. SOS Children’s Villages focuses on the care, health, education and general development of each individual. SOS Children’s Villages has provided the basis for thousands to maximise their employment potential. It has always been agreed that a constant increase in education standards is a must, as globalisation brings universal expectations in terms of quality, modern technical competence, fast service and attention to customer care.

While meeting these demands, Ralf Dürrwang, Vice-President of Corporate Citizenship/GoTeach at DPDHL believes there is a social imperative: “Being among the top ten employers in the world with a high demand for qualified people, we cannot afford to ignore today's educational challenges and leave the responsibility to others. We value this educational partnership with SOS Children's Villages as it enables our people to support youth through skills and knowledge, thus contributing positively to society." This is what DPDHL refers to as their "Living Responsibility"  toward society, the environment and their employees.

 

Project websites:

http://www.dp-dhl.com/en/responsibility/championing-education/partnership_sos_childrens_villages.html

http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/CSR-Corporate-Partnership/Our-Multinational-Partners/Pages/DPDHL.aspx