Vital skills for a modern world

Welcome to Duty Calls. This regular feature aims to shine a light on some of the most laudable examples of altruism and sustainability within the travel retail industry by companies that go beyond the call of duty. In this issue, we see how a school computer lab set up by Flemingo Travel Retail is helping students from low-income communities improve the quality of their lives.

Flemingo Travel Retail, through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm Flemingo Foundation, has partnered with Akanksha Foundation to introduce technology to child education.

The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximise their potential and transform their lives.

The goal of the latest tie-up is to nurture and motivate children to make them feel confident in a technology driven world.

Flemingo's goal is to nurture and motivate children to make them feel confident in a technology driven world.

To achieve this, the Flemingo Foundation has helped set up a computer lab in the Laxmi Nagar Public School in Mumbai. Donated computer units will be used to teach grade 3, 4 & 5 students the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel.

Flemingo said this education would enhance the children’s academic learning, while they could continue to access the facilities during their recreational time.

The computer lab will also benefit the educators associated with the public school in that they can hone and better their knowledge and teaching skills, Flemingo noted.

The skills taught in the lab will help students improve the quality of their lives, hopes Flemingo.

The project represents the first of a series of tie-ups between the Flemingo Foundation and Akanksha, the partners said.

The Flemingo Foundation has also worked on awareness-raising projects in Sri Lanka and sponsored SOS villages in Africa and in Chennai, India.

Flemingo International Director Paul Topping commented: “Though a small contribution, we are sure that this will add value to the children’s education system and bring out better career opportunities for them. We are happy to continue to support our various initiatives, making a difference with our efforts.”

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The Moodie Davitt e-Zine | Issue 252 | 16 November 2018