SOS Children’s Villages, next to Teach For All, one of the key partners of the GoTeach program, is active in 135 countries and is almost as global as Deutsche Post DHL Group. When the partnership was launched in 2010, we started in four countries – Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa and Vietnam – and developed a collaborative model, working on the issue of employability for young people aged 15-25. Over the years we then added partnerships in countries on all continents, like Haiti, Panama, Uganda, Swasiland, Thailand or Lithuania, only to name a few.
Constantly looking to grow the program and increase its impact, we won people over from the DHL business units to become program managers in all regions with responsibility for managing the partnerships and helping the countries with the necessary planning and monitoring. As part of the global team, they now help develop GoTeach further to create as much impact on the young people as possible.
Now in 2018, after eight years, we have a pretty good feel for this – what the levers and the dos and don’ts of the partnership are – and plan to add more countries as well as more opportunities. In fact, we encourage our employees in all countries where SOS Children’s Villages is active to think about starting a relationship on a national or local level. We provide the concept and business model of the partnership, and encourage our people to join in, bring in customers and partners and support the overall mission of the partnership, which is fostering employability of young people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
How the local teams tackle the issue of employability in each country is left completely up to them, resulting in a huge variety of different programs and activities. But they are consistently tailored to the needs of the youth and the opportunities available to them in the individual countries, and are designed to involve as many DHL people as possible from all levels. They also all address the same key issues: life skills somehow related to employability, wider job-profile orientation, as well as first-hand experience in a professional working environment.
We are very proud about how this has taken root and is growing, as well as of the commitment shown by our employees in Brazil and in so many other countries, and hope to see many more follow their lead in future.
We also share our expertise in GoTeach now in the SOS Children’s Villages led initiative YouthCan! where we invite others – especially corporate partners – to join, support the case and help SOS to keep their promise to as many young people in as many countries as possible.