‘Glass Seeds’: How BA Glass is nurturing communities from a young age
Education is a powerful tool of transformation, and is key to building a better future. As a multinational company present in several countries, BA Glass believes it has a role to play in developing the communities around its sites through education. That’s why the Group has set out to support more educational projects for the youngest generations.
In 2020, BA Glass launched a new social responsibility project named “The Glass Seeds”. This initiative aims to promote the equality of opportunities and meritocracy in local communities where BA is present, through educational support to develop leaders and citizens for a sustainable future.
The project is based on 4 major pillars:
“Education for the foundations”
to support schools and organizations to overcome the limitation of resources that can delay the educational process and can make the difference between the failure and the success.
“Education for the Future”
to help to develop specific skills that can prepare better citizens for a demanding future world.
“Education for Work”
to strengthen the relations between BA Glass and schools, an essential factor to support a full educational process, which will enhance the potential and the abilities that the students can use in their future works.
“Education for the Planet”
to encourage pro-environmental actions – the planet is dying, and only committed, aware and responsible generations and communities will be able to stop this process.
In the first year of launching, BA Glass already firmed important partnerships with the coding school 42 Lisbon, Teach4Portugal, EPIS, Enactus, local schools and many others. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, the Group dedicated its best efforts to keeping up the good results, as shown in the 2020 Annual Report.
Dual Learning Projects in Poland and Romania
Throughout 2021, the Glass Seeds project expanded to include organisations in Poland and Romania, focused on promoting a Dual Learning System to offer scholarships to students to practice in BA’s facilities and learn about the glass industry from up close.
For example, in Sieraków, Poland, BA Glass worked together with their secondary school, providing them with an updated IT room, promoting mechanical workshops to develop technical skills, and financially supporting them by providing technological equipment to further enhance students’ abilities to practice in modern and new mechanical workshops.
Meanwhile, in Romania, the Glass Seeds project has been working together with Teach for Romania to organize visits for children to their Bucharest Plant, giving them the opportunity to see and understand the glass industry and glass process from up close.
The BA Group has said it has been a pleasure to support the learning process in countries like Romania and Poland and the projects provide a great opportunity to meet the future generation.