Terre des Hommes

Bangladesh

Freeing young girls from exploitation and slavery

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Carried out by international children’s NGO Terre des Hommes, this project provides vocational training to vulnerable young girls at risk of becoming a “devadasi.”

 

The Devadasi system is a cultural practice where families from particular castes or tribes dedicate young girls to local goddesses, meaning they are forced into a life of slavery. The girls become sexual partners for upper-caste community members and are exploited both sexually and economically.

 

This project aims to prevent girls from entering commercial sexual exploitation and child marriage, as well as to rehabilitate girls who already were sexually exploited. By providing vocational training, the girls can look towards a better future – one in which they are independent and free.

Child in Need Institute

India

Providing a safety net for vulnerable girls

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This project – executed by the Kolkata-based Child in Need Institute (CINI) – provides a safety net for underprivileged girls in disadvantaged communities. The program supports over 800 girls, many of whom have dropped out of school or who have no educational opportunities. These girls are often in difficult family situations and are at risk of becoming victims of child labor, child marriage or sex trafficking.

 

With the support of the ASML Foundation, CINI is able to provide coaching to the girls and counselling for their families. The program prepares the girls to reenter the school system at an appropriate level, with the support and assistance from school teachers, members of the government, and the community to ensure that they not only receive a quality education but are protected.

 

The program is monitored with IT tools through community-based pupil tracking. The most recent figures from the program show that 94% of the participating young girls have been enrolled in school since the program was launched, and they are substantially improving their academic and life skills.

Junior Achievement of Arizona

United States

Teaching students the basics of business

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With this program, young people learn what it takes to work in the fields of business and science by visiting a different kind of theme park, JA BizTown.

 

The theme park teaches them about the economy and entering the workforce while promoting an entrepreneurial spirit. BizTown recreates a mini-economy where visitors can experience the basics of business, such as taking out a loan, selling products, making a profit and repaying the loan. With the support of the ASML Foundation, BizTown was able to expand its scope and include science, technology, engineering and mathematics in its new Arizona Technology Center.

 

As a result of their experience in BizTown, students understand that financial education, engineering skills, and a good understanding of science and math can improve their chances of future employment.

IDEAS Academy

Malaysia

Providing refugees with essential science and ICT skills

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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.

SIL East Asia Group

China

Bridging the language gap between Chinese cultures

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Aimed at raising the low literacy rates among Dai-speaking people in the Xishuangbanna prefecture of Yunnan, China, this program – carried out by the SIL East Asia Group and supported by ASML Foundation – helps improve language development and education in rural communities.

 

Dai-speaking people are often at a disadvantage when it comes to their educational prospects, as most schools use Han (Mandarin) Chinese as the primary language of instruction. The Dai-Han Bilingual Education Project nurtures and supports an effective minority bilingual education system, where Dai students can start their education in their own language before learning a second language. ASML Foundation’s contribution to this project primarily focuses on developing educational materials, including translated textbooks and teacher training.

Plan International Nederland

China

Bringing more gender equality to STEM

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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.