A socially-engaged company, where each employee can make a commitment to help others
Through the Thales Foundation, Thales aims to help improve human well-being and harness the potential of innovation to meet the challenges we face as a society. The Foundation relies on the engagement of Thales employees, helping to channel their energy and their expertise into the two broad areas of focus it has chosen: education and humanitarian crises.
Our areas of focus
Improving science and technology education (STEM) is key to meeting the challenges of our times. Young people find scientific careers less and less attractive — and that’s a major concern for economies all over the world. Research shows that scientific studies help to boost children’s creativity, problem-solving and leadership skills.
With the major changes that new technologies bring, and the shortcomings of current science education models in attracting students and delivering results, there is a need to review teaching models and methods. Education has a key role to play in driving sustainable development and helping societies to embrace the opportunities of widespread Internet access. New educational models can promote collaborative learning, open minds and break down barriers between disciplines.
Natural disaster risk mitigation
As risks related to natural disasters increase, disaster preparedness is a crucial way to prevent those risks as far as possible and limit their impact on human lives and livelihoods. This is especially true in the most vulnerable and densely populated areas — and although natural disasters can hit anywhere in the world, the devastation tends to be worst in developing countries.
The latest information and communication technologies offer new ways to alert the population and gather information so that relief organisations can assess needs and respond quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency. These new technologies play a role in training, awareness and fundraising efforts, and continuously need to be improved to expand their reach and maximise their impact.
UNDERSTAND, THINK, LEARN, BROADEN HORIZONS
Being curious is the best way to learn and be independent. Literacy distances us from ignorance and dogma. These are the ideas behind the Thales Foundation’s core commitment to science education and classroom innovation.
Another of the Foundation’s major objectives is to encourage community engagement. We want to help everybody play their role in society and work for the public good. In today’s world, solidarity and community action are more important than ever before.
The Thales Foundation team
- 10 Nov 2016