The number of participating college students more than doubled in 2019
Birla Carbon Egypt (BCE) celebrated the conclusion of the educational program ‘LEARN’ for the second consecutive year on September 14, 2019. The program was initially introduced in 2018 in a nearby village with the purpose of preparing students for the new academic year during the summer vacation by introducing the curriculum, thereby facilitating the educational process and enriching their educational experience. The success of last years’ two-month program inspired BCE to extend it for another year, with more beneficiaries. This year, around 200 children from three villages benefited from the program in comparison to last year’s 70 children who came from a single village.
Speaking about the successful second year of the ‘LEARN’ program, Samah Shawky, Plant Head, BCE, said, “With the aim of giving back to the communities in which we operate, as a business, we believe in sharing our strength and enriching the lives of those less fortunate. The LEARN program is not merely aimed at school children, who are the direct beneficiaries, but also focuses on training college students who teach them and wish to pursue teaching as a profession in the future.” She further added, “They are given an opportunity to teach youngsters and enhance their education levels and simultaneously, are exposed to the real teaching experience and a chance to participate in social service activities.”
Among other highlights, in addition to last year’s activities of scouting, arts and crafts, drawing and painting, this year, new activities were introduced. These included; recycling waste made of plastic, paper, wood and some metals and turning them into something useful. A small exhibition was also arranged at the ceremony for the children to show the products they made during the program, which included accessories, crochet and tricot products. The ceremony was made special by a song and dance performance by the children. The Community Development Associations of the villages thanked BCE for their efforts to enhance the lives of the children.
The ceremony was concluded with BCE awarding the children with gifts in appreciation for their commitment towards participating in the program.
Glimpses of the ceremony