HP pledges to deliver education opportunities to millions
Company pledges more than $20m to enable better learning outcomes and fight poverty
HP Inc. wants to improve learning outcomes for more than 100 million people between 2015 and 2025.
To reach this goal, the company will expand programs like HP World on Wheels, which brings digital literacy to rural India through mobile learning labs. HP will also continue to provide refugees in the Middle East with access to digital learning opportunities through six HP Learning Studios, centres equipped with computer systems and teacher training services to give refugee students access to the latest education technology and provide adults with the opportunity to learn essential business and IT skills.
In addition, HP LIFE, a global e-learning program of the HP Foundation, aims to empower another one million aspiring entrepreneurs by enrolling them in HP LIFE between 2015 and 2025, in support of the broader HP commitment.
Through HP National Education Technology Assessment (NETA), the company is helping ensure that skills match between what schools teach and what employers require. Using a combination of macroeconomic analysis, hyper-local insights and predictive analytics, HP supports governments and policymakers around the world in creating effective human capital development policies and programs, including employer engagement programs.
The company announced its commitment at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, which falls on the eve of the G20 Summit, where leaders of the world’s most powerful countries are congregating to address inequalities and promote sustainable development.
HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and aligns with the company’s goal to improve access to quality education and lifelong learning for all in the classroom and beyond, as outlined in the recently released HP 2016 Sustainability Report.
“Education has the power to spur innovation, promote the prosperity of communities and empower vulnerable and marginalised groups,” said Sarah Brown, executive chair, global business coalition for education. “We commend HP’s commitment to enabling every person to unlock his or her potential and develop the talents and acquire the skills necessary for a better, brighter future.”