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Symposium 2009

Proposal - Bridging the gap between Education and Employment, a global challenged addressed by DP 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.

Employability experts like employees of DP DHL share their experience and expertise with disadvantaged young people as a way to contribute to their journey of attaining a sustainable and independent life.

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.

On the other hand,  DP DHL values that attitude is more important than aptitude. Without attitude, there is no leadership. This is why it is important for the company to be involved in projects that develop individuals to have a strong and determined attitude in leading their own lives.

Since 2010, Deutsche Post DHL committed to foster education and employability of young people and entered in a successful partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, a global independent NGO offering family care to orphans and abandoned children in 134 Countries worldwide.

DPDHL’s provision involves supporting existing educational programs, running costs of youth facilities, secondary education facilities, education costs for youth, career and life advice for the youth, job shadowing and mentorships, internship opportunities, training and lectures by experts, among others. It aims to provide the confidence, knowledge and life skills that are important everywhere, but vital in poorer countries and communities where employment and empowerment is most challenging. By providing generations of disadvantaged people across the globe with these programs, SOS Children’s Villages has provided the basis for thousands to maximize their employment potential.

All the partnership activities are planned and delivered by DHL employees and SOS Children’s Villages staff at a local level, to ensure that the effort of both parties taps into real needs of the youth.

Testimonials gathered from participants as part of initial outcome of the partnership suggest that the partnership is achieving its objectives.

"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.”

Kim’s outlook on life stems from a combination of her own positive personality, the nurturing she received from her SOS family and a timely initiative delivered by Deutsche Post DHL. As she embarks on a career in her native, Ho Chi Minh, the company renowned for its global logistics network has delivered Kim – and her SOS Children’s Villages contemporaries in 13 other countries – something not found in text books. It is not mail, dispatched by courier, air freight or supply chain services; it is time - time spent with DPDHL employees.

As a result of the encouragement she received from her mentor – Mbolatiana at DHL Ivandry – Stephanie (19) is now taking informed choices as she feels “more responsible, sociable and confident” to pursue her dream of becoming one of Madagascar’s few “telecommunications engineers in the next two years. I am proud of me thanks to them”.

Meanwhile, in Sao Paulo, Miguel (16) gained exposure to a real working environment, he is not giving up on his dreams on the advice of his mentor, Bruna Goncalves at DHL Express Brazil. She taught him the importance of team work and the skills required to retain good business relationships. “Before, I was shy, DHL gave me more confidence to speak in public, to express opinions and not to be afraid to ask,” said the invigorated teenager.

Miguel, Stephanie and Kim, may live worlds apart, but, they have much in common. A challenging family and social environment led each of them to seek the support of SOS Children’s Villages. They come from communities where the cycle of intergenerational poverty can only be broken by quality employment.

To date, the partnership is steadily growing, with now 14 countries[1] running its activities that are locally developed and owned and implemented collaboratively across all DPDHL businesses. With this simple solution to address the need of bridging the gap between education and employment, along with the network of DPDHL in 220 countries and territories and potential new partners, it can easily be replicated to reach as many disadvantaged youth as possible.

 



[1] Madagascar, South Africa, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, Jordan, Morocco, Ethiopia, Uganda, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama

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