DHL International Madagascar and SOS Children’s Villages Madagascar, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, are celebrating the 10th anniversary of GoTeach, a corporate responsibility program by Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) that aims to increase youth employability.
The program was first launched in Madagascar in 2009 and is now available in more than 50 countries around the world with plans underway for further expansion.
The official celebration of the partnership kicked off this past weekend at the Carlton Hotel in the presence of 200 guests with speeches by Mrs. Aurélie Razafinjato, General Secretary, for the Ministry of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Mr. Siddhartha Kaul, President of SOS Children’s Villages International, among others.
Razafinjato pointed out that “under the GoTeach program, the experiences that SOS Children’s Villages youth get from connecting with DHL employees are priceless. Through mentorships, internships, facility visits and training programs all run by DHL volunteers, they gain invaluable insight into the working world. The volunteers have been able to show young people that the professional world should be a field of passion and development and not just a way to earn money.”
The GoTeach partnership is designed to help young people in SOS Children’s Villages aged 15 to 25 years old make the transition from the world of education to the world of work.
Mrs. Maria Raharinarivonirina, President, SOS Children’s Villages Madagascar noted that the integration of young people into the professional world is a challenge.
“We are very grateful to DHL volunteers in Madagascar who devote their time to support the skills development of the of the program participants, which is especially necessary for young people who have lost parental care or are at risk of losing it. We have seen great results over the past 10 years of partnership and look forward to continuing this path with DHL to contribute to changing/improving the lives of more youth in the years to come,” she said.
“In 2009, DHL International Madagascar took the initiative to support SOS Children’s Villages Madagascar and offered coaching to young people to aid in their professional integration. Together, our shared vision for economic and social development has enabled the growth of the program in scale and intensity. We are extremely proud of the fact that we have engaged with over 5,000 youth since the launch, and we remain focused on improving the lives of as many youth as possible,” commented Mr. Yves Andrianaharison, Country Manager for DHL Express Madagascar.