Suez Cement began its partnership with the Don Bosco Institute in 2006. Since then, the company has played a critical role as a funder, supporting much-needed upgrades to the school's infrastructure and facilities. It has also paved the way for the development of new programs as well as an increase in the number of students attending the institute. Suez Cement's efforts are linked to a national literacy and educational development program launched by the Egyptian government.
Suez Cement knows that Don Bosco graduates are in demand throughout the industrial sector due to their excellent training and professional skills. Since 2006, Suez Cement hired more than 20 graduates from the program and provided on the-job training for another 170 participants. Furthermore, in the past two years, 23 students from the institute completed their university studies thanks to the financial and technical contributions from Suez Cement. The high-quality education the Don Bosco Institute offers falls in line with Suez Cement’s vision for Egypt. The hope is that Suez Cement can help other technical institutions and vocational schools in Cairo and Alexandria adopt the institute's curriculum and methodology, thereby giving more students a chance to learn crucial job skills.
So far, Suez Cement has donated more than 400,000 Euros to the institute. Already, some of the planned renovations are underway in selected laboratories and classrooms. The upgrades include the addition of a new floor with seven classrooms and three laboratories, all fully equipped with the latest technology, the reinforcing of the external wall and the support of the Oratorio (Youth Centre) for the recreational, schooling and social activities addressed to the youth of the neighborhood. Some of the company's funding also goes toward covering fees for financially disadvantaged students.