Navitas Education Trust calls for 2017-18 grant submissions
5th Dec, 2016 Feature story:
Navitas Limited has today launched the 2017-2018 Navitas Education Trust (NET) grant application process with a call for submissions from education-focused charities and not-for-profit organisations.
The NET was established by Navitas in 2013 to support not-for-profit organisations and activities that improve both access to and quality of education for disadvantaged learners around the world. To date, Navitas has contributed $2 million to the NET and distributed nearly $1.1 million in grants to support education-based initiatives developed in partnership with successful applicants.
Previous recipients of NET funding include:
- Classroom of Hope, an Australian organisation that provides access to quality education for vulnerable and poor children in developing countries;
- The Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN), a non-profit that provides scholarships and mentoring to high needs schools and bright but disadvantaged students in Australia;
- Room to Read, an American non-profit that works with local communities and governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and weaken gender imbalances that negatively impact education accessibility; and
- Hagar, an international organisation that is committed to the protection, recovery and reintegration of women and children who have suffered severe human rights abuses.
Navitas Group CEO Rod Jones said as a company with education as its core purpose, Navitas is proud to partner with and support likeminded organisations to improve education standards around the world.
"Our success has been built on delivering quality education programs to thousands of learners, so it is important to us to spread that success in a way that enhances access to education for disadvantaged people around the world," said Rod.
"We encourage any charitable organisations with pedagogical projects or interests to apply for Navitas Education Trust funding to help us continue to bridge the educational gap that still exists."
Duncan Ward, Founder and CEO of grant recipient Classroom of Hope, says Navitas' support gave his organisation the resources it needed to achieve its vision of helping children in disadvantaged countries access quality education.
"Navitas provided valuable resources when we were just a small operation starting in Perth, Australia. Because of what they saw in us, we have been able to help over 9,000 children across the world access education and empower them to have more control over their futures.
"We have also been able to expand our initiatives to other countries, including Laos, Rwanda, Indonesia and Thailand and bring much needed hope to even more children and communities," Duncan said.
Applications for NET funding close on 15 February 2017. More information on the NET can be found on the Corporate Responsibility page of the Navitas website. You can read the application guidelines here.
2017 Navitas Education Trust projects
- NET funding will provide infrastructure, training and resources to support children with disabilities to learn alongside their able-bodied peers across 10 schools in Dhaka, Bangladesh, through new partner Plan International.
- Support for new partner Chiedza Child Care Centre that will provide access to education for 400 young people in Zimbabwe who have dropped out of school prematurely due to financial constraints, family or social issues.
- Working again with Classroom of Hope (CoH), 2017 funding will be used to support the implementation of a 'Child-Friendly Schools' program at four schools in Cambodia, including the construction of one new school building in a difficult-to-access wetland area of Cambodia. Navitas has supported CoH since 2013 to deliver learning outcomes to thousands of children and has provided scholarships to over 200 children in Cambodia.
- Partnering again with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) to award two new Navitas-named scholarships to high performing but disadvantaged Year 10 students. These scholarships provide support to these students for 3 years: Year 11, Year 12 and the first year of tertiary education. This adds to the 13 scholarships already provided to ABCN by Navitas and hundreds of hours of staff-student mentoring.
- Continued support of Room to Read (RtR) to construct a library building in a school in Sri Lanka. Navitas has supporting the founding of over 32 libraries in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Vietnam with RtR since 2013. Last year Navitas committed funding to help the rebuild and recovery efforts of Nepal after the debilitating 2015 earthquake in the region.