Providing extra opportunities for education
The ASML Foundation has adopted a class of students for three years through Trudo Weekendschool, which is located in the Brainport region of the Netherlands.
Trudo Weekendschool is a 'school' for children ages 10–14 who live in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods in Eindhoven and who are motivated to invest in themselves. The school offers these children the opportunity to live up to their potential by attending a class each Sunday for three years.
The program offers science, society, culture and art education as well as help in developing students’ personal and social skills. Because the classes are taught by guest teachers and professionals in the field they are teaching, the students are able to ask questions and better understand the profession from those that actually work in it.
Every year, there are at least 100 guest teachers: architects, engineers, artists, journalists, doctors, judges and lawyers. Among the guest teachers are ASML employees who provide science education to the children.
Fostering hope through education for those in need
Friendship Bangladesh provides access to health care, education and other necessities to people – especially children – in the country's remote northern island region. This area of Bangladesh lacks basic infrastructure and services, leaving its inhabitants marginalized and vulnerable. Floods occur annually in these remote islands (called ‘chars’ locally) in the Jamuna River, which can alter their shape or even destroy them. This constantly changing landscape prevents the development of many aspects of modern civilization such as roads and electricity – much less schools.
As there are few to no qualified teachers available, the Friendship Secondary Education Program, supported by the ASML Foundation, provides education to children in these remote communities through ICT. Thousands of hours of educational videos, based on the government curriculum, were made by highly qualified teachers living in Dhaka.
The program serves a secondary purpose: it gives girls from underserved communities an alternative to early marriage by enabling them to continue their education.
Discovery Center of Idaho
Funding STEM field trips for underserved Idaho schools
Because the support of technology education for underserved children is a focus of the ASML Foundation, sponsoring STEM field trips to the Discovery Center of Idaho was a natural fit.
The Discovery Center, located in Boise, Idaho – one of the locations in which ASML operates – is a hands-on science center, providing exceptional learning opportunities to all who visit.
STEM field trips to the Discovery Center are designed for children 8–14 years old and help ignite an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Interactive exhibits allow students to hypothesize, experiment and draw conclusions – imitating the scientific method – with their classmates and teachers, hopefully planting a seed of curiosity that grows into a career in tech.
Through the ASML Foundation grant, 6,667 low-income, underserved students can attend a STEM field trip to the Discovery Center of Idaho from 2019–2022.
Providing refugees with essential science and ICT skills
A nonprofit joint venture between the Malaysia-based Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Netherlands-based Young Refugee Cause (YRC), IDEAS Academy is a humanitarian project aimed at underprivileged refugees ages 12–18 living in marginalized communities in Kuala Lumpur. As these young refugees do not have a legal status in Malaysia, they cannot attend public schools nor can they afford private schools.
With the support of the ASML Foundation, the IDEAS Academy provides science education to these underprivileged children with the aim of equipping them with the knowledge and skillset to not only better understand the world around them but apply these new skills in future endeavors, whether that is further education or a career. In addition to science education, the program provides ICT classes to ensure that these young students are ready to enter an ever-advancing workforce – and gain a better future.
Plan International Nederland
Bringing more gender equality to STEM
The Girls Can Do IT! program, aimed at girls and young women from Chunhua and Pucheng counties in Shaanxi province, China, ensures a more gender-balanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in rural China.
By nurturing a greater interest and confidence in STEM among rural children – especially girls – the program hopes to increase the number of women pursuing higher education in these fields. The project, implemented over three years, has two phases: in the first year, the focus is furthering the development of pre-STEM curricula, including robotics and life skills, in six primary schools and four junior secondary schools in order to ensure that the subjects are relevant to the students. In the second and third years, the project expands to include the capacity building of local organizations, other schools and the education bureau. ASML employees located in China volunteer with this project as mentors and by providing tours of ASML offices.
Facilitating a digital world for everyone
The Digitall Inclusive project, carried out by Bartiméus and supported by the ASML Foundation, helps to create awareness among technical students around the digital needs of young people with a visual impairment.
Research has shown that companies are often unaware that their technical or digital products are inaccessible to people with disabilities. When asked, the reaction is often: “We just did not think about it.” This lack of awareness is rooted in a lack of education about accessibility – students simply do not realize that the technology they will develop may not be user-friendly for people with disabilities.
The Digitall Inclusive project encourages technical students to collaborate with blind or nearsighted youth to develop digital accessibility tools and platforms. The interaction between technical students and those that are visually impaired – creating technology that addresses accessibility issues together –will eventually lead to more self-sufficiency among those with visual disabilities.