The Don Bosco Technical Institute and the Schneider Electric Foundation launch a new center of excellence in Lalitpur
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Technical Institute and the Schneider Electric Foundation have launched a new Center of Excellence in Lalitpur, Nepal. The state-of-the-art facility will provide vocational training and skills development to nearly 1,000 young people over the next five years in the areas of home and building installation, basic automation, home automation, safe and secure construction operations and industrial plant controls and drives. .
Speaking at the launch event, Anil Chaudhry, CEO of Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. and Zone President, Greater India said, “At Schneider Electric, we believe that access to energy is a basic human right. With this vision, we are proud to launch the Center of Excellence in partnership with the Don Bosco Institute. Job creation and skills development must accompany universal access to energy for maximum benefit. Through the launch of this center, we aim to contribute to the development of skills in the industry and to create a pool of highly qualified young people in Nepal.
Gilles Vermont, Senior Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at Schneider Electric, added: “Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, we at the Schneider Electric Foundation are focused on global change and promoting a just society. to ensure a better future for the younger generations. We aim to provide a fantastic opportunity for the country’s youth by helping them acquire the right skills and giving them access to better employment opportunities.
The Center of Excellence will provide young people with advanced vocational training in the field of energy, beneficial for their professional development and society. Father Pulickal Augusty, Rector of the Don Bosco Technical Institute, said: “Our institution provides an important service to society by training young people in various technical fields. The laboratory sponsored by the Schneider Electric France Foundation is an additional boon to the training provided in this center.
The Nepalese Don Bosco Society, which helps facilitate projects such as collaboration with the Schneider Electric Foundation and which is under the jurisdiction of the Salesian Province of Kolkata, India, promotes the education of poor young people in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal Don Bosco Society started its work in 1999 with a high school in Siddhipur, a village in Lalitpur district. The Schneider Electric Foundation leads philanthropic initiatives focused on training young people to improve their lives and their employment prospects. The organization has already supported more than 150 ambitious vocational training programs in the electricity sector, providing access to energy in emerging countries. The foundation aims to train one million young people and 10,000 trainers by 2025 around the world.
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world, with around a quarter of its population living below the poverty line. Salesian missionaries are still working hard with long-term reconstruction efforts after a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 with a second strike on May 12, 2015.
Over 8,000 people have died and nearly 20,000 have been injured as a result of the earthquakes and their aftermath. Forty of Nepal’s 75 districts have been affected, 16 of them severely, with houses, schools, buildings, livestock, fields ready for harvest and other property destroyed. Over 500,000 people have been displaced and are in need of shelter and other assistance. The United Nations has reported that more than 1,300 schools were destroyed in the earthquakes.
Building schools capable of withstanding earthquakes and offering access to education to the youngest and most vulnerable children is the daily commitment of Salesian missionaries in the country. The aim is to help young people acquire the education and skills necessary to change their lives and become agents of development.
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