Sep 8, 2015  Düsseldorf / Germany

International Literacy Day

Promoting equal opportunity

Fifty years ago UNESCO proclaimed September 8 International Literacy Day reminding the international community of the human right to education and highlighting the importance of literacy. Promoting equal opportunity with regard to education is also an important part of Henkel’s social engagement.

Sebastian Kesper helps students at a school

“Teach First” fellow Sebastian Kesper helps students at a school in Düsseldorf prepare for their final exam in mathematics.

One of the goals of the Fritz Henkel Stiftung is to improve the education and job opportunities for people regardless of their social background. The foundation expanded its partnership with the “Teach First Deutschland” educational initiative in 2013 and now provides assistance as a senior sponsor for expansion of the program. “Teach First Deutschland” is one of the national partner organizations of the global “Teach For All” network.

University graduates from all disciplines spend two years as “fellows” at a school in a socially disadvantaged area. These temporary teachers help students to improve their performance. In addition to the regular curriculum, the fellows also offer, for example, help with exam preparations, sports courses and coaching for job applications. Over the long term, these young academics contribute to increasing educational equality for children and young people in Germany.

At the same time, Henkel and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung make it possible for the fellows to develop their skills in a real-life environment. Our employees, for example, act as mentors to the fellows and invite them to workshops – for example about sustainability. The Fritz Henkel Stiftung also supports the educational initiative in finding other partners in business and society.

About the Fritz Henkel Stiftung

Established in 2011, the Fritz Henkel Stiftung has close ties to the company and underscores Henkel’s long-term commitment to social involvement that goes beyond its direct business interests. In 2014, Henkel and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung supported 2,265 projects with total donations of approximately 8.2 million euros.