Rueil-Malmaison (France), July 1, 2011 – July 1, 2010, Schneider Electric and the Schneider Electric Foundation signed an agreement to support professional training in construction in Haiti with the French Ministry of Education, the Haitian Ministry of Education and professional Training, the NGO Aide et Action and Quisqueya private university, within the framework of the post-emergency rebuilding of Haiti following the earthquake which hit the country in January 2010.
||A year later, this societal commitment has produced tangible results with the inauguration of two professional training workshops in Port-au-Prince dedicated to building industry skills. Haitian President Michel Martelly was on hand for the June 23 inauguration ceremony, as well as first class of students, professors from the French National Education, representatives of Aide et Action and the University. Specialized in electricity, woodworking, carpentry, construction and civil engineering, the workshops will be able to train more than 2,700 qualified construction workers each year. The country is cruelly lacking in skilled labor to deal with its massive rebuilding needs. Nearly 60% of Port-au-Prince’s buildings were destroyed during the earthquake and the damage outside the capital is often even worse.
“This project responds to a basic need. Haiti is still on its knees and just gradually recovering from last year’s earthquake. At present, it needs long-term assistance, not emergency aid, explained Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development at Schneider Electric and Managing Director of the Schneider Electric Foundation. “This first step shows that a successful collaboration between private and public actors can be extremely effective in critical areas as in energy management. It opens tremendous opportunities for development within the framework of reconstruction and beyond.”
Schneider Electric’s commitment in Haiti is similar to other partnerships between the Group and players in education, industry and non-governmental organizations to set up training and sustainable solutions for communities at the base of the pyramid. Through its BipBop¹ energy access programme, Schneider Electric hopes to create a virtuous circle that will ensure the durability and success of projects like the one in Haiti. The agreement in Haiti also calls for the construction of an educational reference centre in the months ahead to continue enhancing building skills at the local level.
¹Acronym for Business, Innovation & People at the Base Of the Pyramid.
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About Schneider Electric Foundation
From transmission of knowledge to sharing energy, the Schneider Electric Foundation is involved in undertaking sustainable development of Schneider Electric. Created in 1998 under the aegis of the Foundation de France, Foundation Schneider Electric is committed to projects that emphasize sustainable and practical training and integration of young people, primarily for energy related careers, education for sustainable development through innovative projects and support for emergency operations following natural disasters, always with a sense of personal involvement and promote sustainable use of its employees worldwide.