Singapore, September, 2022 – SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, has resumed its CSR program “Lights of our Future” (LOOF) across Singapore, India, Vietnam and South Korea, after a two year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted in partnership with Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of world’s largest youth-serving non-profit organizations, LOOF focuses on educating students in primary schools about sustainable living through comprehensive classroom-driven teaching sessions.
Through content developed by SABIC, the “Lights of our Future” program will see more than 2,000 students across Asia gain a better understanding on key topics such as environmental protection, waste management, water conservation, greenhouse gases, global warming and renewable energy. In India, the program has an additional content slant of equipping students with entrepreneurial skills designed to contribute to future business ventures with a focus on the sustainable development of the communities they live in.
“Our “Lights of our Future” program was first initiated in Singapore in 2014 and was subsequently adopted across 14 countries worldwide. We firmly believe that it is vital for young people to understand the importance of sustainable living in order for future generations to thrive,” said Janardhanan Ramanujalu, Vice President & Regional Head, SABIC South Asia and ANZ.
After completing a series of three classroom teaching sessions conducted over four months, students will go on to participate in a competition that will require them to apply the knowledge they learnt in the sessions, while considering the practical application of their project in each country.
Besides the “Lights of our Future” initiative, SABIC is focused on helping children in remote areas access education through infrastructural support. For instance, in Vietnam, SABIC collaborated with the Vietnam Red Cross to donate VND 422 million towards water filtration systems in 13 schools in the Nghe An province, ensuring access to safe drinking water for over 7,300 students. During the same year, SABIC also collaborated with the Saigon Children’s Society to donate 40 bicycles to needy children in the Tay Ninh and Dong Nai provinces, enabling the children to easily access secondary schools in remote towns. In India, SABIC has actively renovated and refreshed 45 government schools to provide modern learning facilities to more than 15,000 underprivileged students.