Veldhoven, the Netherlands, March 1, 2021
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a significant number of children in the Netherlands have fallen behind in their education. With the launch of the free tutoring program ‘Equal opportunities’ (Eerlijke kansen), technology company ASML and center for care and education Spectrum Brabant have joined forces to tackle this issue.
Equal opportunities launched as a pilot in February 2021. In the pilot, Spectrum Brabant paired 10 ASML employees, who volunteered to share their knowledge of specific subjects, with 10 pupils currently in secondary education. Several dozen ASML employees have volunteered as tutors since the start of the pilot. Starting March 2021, ASML and Spectrum Brabant will scale up the program with the aim to invest at least 400 hours of tutoring this year.
Janneke Snoeijen, community engagement manager for education at ASML: “Education is at the core of who we are as a knowledge company. We are seeing educational disadvantage grow due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially amongst vulnerable pupils. With this program, we want to help close that gap. All children deserve fair and equal chances in secondary education.”
ASML and Spectrum Brabant offer this opportunity to all pupils who have fallen behind due to a variety of factors. Pupils cannot be enrolled directly, but must be referred by schools, aid and/or social organizations. A series of tutoring sessions starts with an intake and introduction interview, followed by a maximum of six online tutoring sessions. Sessions cover different subjects and levels of secondary education and can be conducted in Dutch or English. The tutoring sessions are free of charge.
Chantal Drossaert, project manager at Spectrum Brabant: “Educational disadvantage can have different causes, but the coronavirus pandemic is making it worse. We are very proud that our collaboration with ASML has led to this impactful project. We hope to inspire other organizations and companies to take similar action. Working together is the only way to beat educational disadvantage in The Netherlands.”
For more information about this program, please visit the Spectrum Brabant website.
ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Our vision is a world in which semiconductor technology is everywhere and helps to tackle society’s toughest challenges. We contribute to this goal by creating products and services that let chipmakers define the patterns that integrated circuits are made of. We continuously raise the capabilities of our products, enabling our customers to increase the value and reduce the cost of chips. By helping to make chips cheaper and more powerful, we help to make semiconductor technology more attractive for a larger range of products and services, which in turn enables progress in fields such as healthcare, energy, mobility and entertainment. ASML is a multinational company with offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 28,000 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML.
About Spectrum Brabant
Spectrum Brabant helps people become strong, confident and secure. Spectrum focuses on children and young people who are disadvantaged and those who face challenges with regard to education and/or care. Their main priority involves increasing independence and resilience with services such as professional counselling and resilience training. To increase accessibility for all incomes, Spectrum's rates are based on the relevant person's ability to pay, and it has also created a number of subsidized places.