As part of the Citizen Commitment Games––a sports and charity challenge held to celebrate Societe Generale’s 150th anniversary––employees raise money for an association and take part in a sports competition.

 

Every week until 14 June, discover an association supported by employees taking part in the Citizen Commitment Games.

 

The European Institute for Cooperation and Development was founded in 1988. It sets up and runs technical and vocational training programmes in developing countries and supports Small and Very Small Enterprises. The IECD is active in the fields of healthcare and education. It began its activities in Madagascar during the year following its creation.

 

There are three projects in Madagascar; the hotel school in Fianarantsoa, the town with the highest rate of poverty on the island, affecting 72% of the population, the integration of young adults and support for education in schools, an important area for improvement as less than 2% of young people attend the university in Madagascar. For the others, vocational training is almost non-existent.

 

Hotel training school

 

In 2012, the Societe Generale Foundation for Solidarity provided support for a project to create a Hotel Training School for underprivileged young people. The aim was to encourage these young people to take responsibility, become a driving force for the development of their region and help to improve their socio-economic independence. Since the school opened in September 2013, more than fifty young people ages 17-25 have benefitted from the 2 year programme. The training provided has led to real jobs (waiter, barman, chamber maid, commis chef) in an industry that recruits a lot in Fianarantsoa, a town with no less than thirty hotels.

 

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