Deutsche Post DHL expands its worldwide efforts to promote educational opportunities through extended partnership with Teach For All

  • Contract with the Teach For All global network extended for an additional three years
  • Plans to secure three new country partnerships by 2015
  • Frank Appel: “The investment in education for young people is an investment in the future.”

DHL125Bonn, 06/12/2013, 04:30 PM CEST – Deutsche Post DHL has renewed its contract through 2015 with the global network Teach For All. The enhanced collaboration between Deutsche Post DHL and Teach For All will help establish three new country partnerships, including one with Teach For The Philippines starting in 2013. Since 2010, Deutsche Post DHL has directly supported the global network and Teach For All network partners in India, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Spain. Since 2009, the company has also been the largest sponsor of the German partner, Teach First Deutschland.

The shared goal of each program is to promote educational opportunities and increase employability for young people, regardless of their background. In addition to financial support, individual DHL employees get involved in their respective partner countries. Through meaningful volunteer activities, company employees support their local organizations. Last year, more than 800 Deutsche Post DHL employees engaged directly with students and teachers through internships, career planning sessions, mentoring, and donation drives.

An investment in the education is an investment in the future

“The long-term success, sustainability and innovative power of the economy and society depends on a strong educational system and targeted professional development. Therefore, an investment in the education and training of young people is an investment in the future,” says Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL. “If we help Teach For All succeed and support young people around the world, then our company, with its worldwide operations, clearly benefits. The volunteer work of our employees is a key aspect of the support we provide, as it gives the young people some very practical – and useful – insight into working life.”

“Around the world, where children are born largely determines their educational outcomes and as a result, their opportunities in life. Teach For All’s partners are working to channel the energy of their nations’ most promising future leaders against this problem in pursuit of a vision of educational opportunity for all. By asking these leaders to commit two years to teach in high-need communities, our partners are providing an additional source of talented, committed teachers; at the same time, they are shaping the priorities and career trajectories of these teachers, forming a leadership force of individuals who will ultimately work at every level of the education system, at every level of policy, and across sectors for the systemic changes we need to see to ensure opportunity for all.  We’re grateful that Deutsche Post DHL is so committed to investing in tomorrow’s future and helping our network grow. Their long term collaboration has helped us to build a strong foundation for our entire network, and their increased support will strengthen and scale new partnerships in new places, ” explains Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach For All.

Commitment to education is part of corporate strategy

Deutsche Post DHL has made – and continues to make – a lasting contribution to promoting educational opportunities and employability around the world. Its commitment to education is part of Deutsche Post DHL’s corporate strategy. “Living Responsibility” is the motto for Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL, which focuses on environmental protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach).

With its GoTeach program, Deutsche Post DHL works with partners like Teach For All and SOS Children’s Villages to improve educational opportunity and employability. As the largest corporate supporter of Teach For All, Deutsche Post DHL has made a long-term commitment to Teach For All’s development and growth of the global network. The Group also works closely with Teach For All partner organizations in Germany(Teach First Deutschland), India (Teach For India), Argentina (Enseñá por Argentina), Chile (Enseña Chile), Peru (Enseña Peru) and Spain (Empieza por Educar).

The signing ceremony will take place at KIPP Academy

In aiming to grow a global force of leaders who will ensure all children can fulfill their true potential, Teach For All partners share a commitment to a common vision and mission, as well as a set of unifying principles and core values. Building on the record of success of experienced partners like Teach For America (US) and Teach First (UK), each organization recruits students and professionals with a diverse range of academic interests and career experiences to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and to work throughout their lives as educational advocates. The Teach For All network currently comprises 27 national partner organizations in Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

The signing ceremony will take place at KIPP Academy in the South Bronx.  Founded by two Teach For America alumni in 1995, KIPP Academy is a charter middle school designed to provide students from low income communities with the character and academic skills needed for success in college and life. KIPP Academy has consistently been the highest performing public middle school in the South Bronx, and its graduates have a college completion rate that is four times the national average for students of a similar socioeconomic background.