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Népal : humanitarian emergency

Thales Foundation supports Télécoms Sans Frontières NGO operating in Nepal
Thales Foundation

A socially-engaged company, where each employee can make a commitment to help others

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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.

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Our areas of focus

Science education

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.

Classroom innovation

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.

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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.

Emergency preparedness

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.

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Our philosophy

UNDERSTAND, THINK, LEARN, BROADEN HORIZONS

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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

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qote Over the last 15 years, I have become passionate about the truly compelling challenges that plague all education. Today, I’m working with many other schools and I have been encouraged in this journey realising that there are many who believe that finally ‘education’ will change the world. As I continue my unrelenting quest to spread the message of ‘learning’ through relevance and empathy and through design thinking, I hope that by being on the advisory board of the Thales Foundation I will be able to change the discourse in education to valuing doing ‘good’ as much as doing ‘well’. Coming on board with Thales means that a more optimistic future can now be claimed not by chance – but by design! Kiran Bir Sethi, Founder of The Riverside School and the Design for Change movement
qote The Thales Foundation is 100% committed to supporting humanitarian innovation by enabling the emergence of novel technology solutions in the humanitarian sector. The Foundation brings together extensive expertise in open innovation and advanced technology, ranging from satellite imagery acquisition and global telecommunications to Big Data analytics. I joined the Foundation’s Board to guide their engagement in the humanitarian space as a contributor. Together, we’ll be supporting a number of truly innovative and meaningful initiatives in the years ahead. Patrick Meyer, Director of Social Innovation at Qatar Computing Research Institute
qote We always knew that people in Thales were very implicated in projects and associations around the world. But until today they had no way to express this desire in the company or to say how we would serve society. So it’s important for our Foundation to respect our values and reflect our DNA and our desire to innovate to serve a purpose and have an impact on people’s lives. Matt Pothecary, Executive Director of the Thales Foundation