Routeco has always believed in supporting good causes and to celebrate our 40th Birthday we launched The Routeco foundation to show our long term commitment to philanthropy, both locally and globally. The Routeco foundation has decided that for the next five years we will focus on STEM education and have picked three organisations to work closely with, donating both our time and money.
Why STEM Education?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM education is so important in today’s world because it is everywhere, technology is continuously evolving into every aspects of our lives and most jobs of the future will require STEM knowledge.
2.4 million STEM jobs go unfilled every year across the world and at Routeco we often find it difficult to recruit in this area and receive a very low rate of applications from women. The UK is far behind many other countries such as India and China when it comes to the number of STEM graduates qualifying each year.
Africa outsources up to 87% of large scale construction jobs to India, China and the western world which is affecting economic growth for the country. In Uganda 42% of young people are unemployed or under-employed which reflects a mismatch between the skills gained in secondary school and the skills employers are looking for.
It is because of statistics like this that Routeco has partnered with STEM education organisations; making a difference today for a better tomorrow.
Africa Educational Trust
AET started in 1958 and supports education in conflict affected areas of Africa. The BRITE Project (Business, Resilience, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise) focuses on STEM Education to better prepare secondary school students for employment by supporting them to explore solutions to real-life challenges, such as water purification and biogas generation. The aim is to drive local economic development in some of the poorest regions in Uganda.
The Routeco Foundation will be supporting the BRITE project for 5 years by donating £50,000 to this fantastic cause.
For more information about Africa Educational Trust, you can visit their website here.
STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support in STEM and their vision is to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK. They work with schools and colleges and are supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers. They are dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers.
Routeco will be partnering with STEM learning and committing our time over the next five years. Routeco’s employees will be trained to become ambassadors to provide support to teachers and students, host career talks and practical work placements.
For more information about STEM Learning, you can visit their website here.
IT Schools Africa
ITSA is a charity based in the UK that recycles computer equipment, refurbishes it
and sends it to E-Learning centres and schools in Africa. The equipment is prepared in
the UK by people from prisons, The Princes Trust and job centres which improves skills for those currently out of work.
ITSA’s goal is to provide education to 10 million students by 2020 and Routeco is helping them achieve this target by donating equipment from our offices and employees homes. We will also organise volunteer days to help with sorting and packing the equipment at their warehouse in Cheltenham.
For more information about IT Schools Africa, you can visit their website here.