More than 2,000 students at four primary schools in Vietnam got the surprise of their lives on April 7 when
Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS)
, the company's corporate citizenship program, donated $25,000 in educational materials to their schools. The grants facilitated the purchase of equipment and technology to inspire future innovators, scientists and engineers in the region.
Honeywell multimedia learning centers were opened at the Nhi Son and Trung Ly schools in Thanh Hoa province and Tung Chung Pho and Ngai Thau schools in Lao Cai province. Many of the students walk more than 18 miles from their homes to these boarding schools to get educated. Each center is complete with computers, tables, chairs, bookshelves, television screens, books and other study materials. Honeywell worked with C∆°mC√≥Th·ªãt (CCT) to make
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
learning a reality for the children, whose faces lit up when they saw the classrooms full of supplies and new technology.
Mai Thanh, President of Honeywell Vietnam, and special guests from Vietnam Airlines attended the dedication event. “Today's event is a result of months of effort and collaboration between Honeywell and our partner CCT,” said Thanh. “Fueled by the passion of both organizations to improve education in Vietnam, it is our hope that through this effort the students at these schools will have a more productive learning environment to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the future of Vietnam and the world.”
“We are very grateful for the trust and cooperation that Honeywell has provided to support students with a new Multimedia Learning Center and better access to education in remote areas of Vietnam,” said Nguyen Manh Hiep, CCT Regional Leader. “We hope that our collaboration today will be a good start for other projects in the years to come.”
The donation is the most recent example of Honeywell's global initiative to introduce students in rural areas to STEM learning opportunities. Last year, 1,800 students at three schools in Dak Lak, Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, benefitted from an HHS donation of multimedia learning centers.