At the 10th Global CSR Summit & Awards by Pinnacle 2018, KinderWorld won the Bronze Award in the category of Excellence In Provision Of Literacy & Education. At the 12th Global CSR Summit & Awards by Pinnacle 2020, KinderWorld won two silver awards in the categories of Excellence In Provision Of Literacy & Education and Product Excellence.
As a socially responsible enterprise, KinderWorld International Group regards contribution to the whole community as one of the fundamentals in our education investment journey.
CSR, by spreading KinderWorld’s positive images and impacts, has contributed significantly to our corporate performance, with an increase from the first campus in 2000 to 15 campuses in 8 provinces in Vietnam, offering preschool to high school and university foundation. Over 20 years in Vietnam, we are glad to see how our CSR commitment has brought positive improvement in education to thousands of beneficiaries in the community.
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
KinderWorld has been offering annual scholarships for underprivileged and talented students.
Since 2013, through annual Swing for Kids Charity Golf Tournament organized by Vietnam Investment Review and Ministry of Planning and Investment, we have sponsored more than 210 “Dreams to Reality” scholarships worth US$160,000 to train underprivileged students in the Australian Qualifications based hospitality programme at Pegasus International College. Students are well equipped with employability skills with practical training in 5-star-hotel simulated facilities. Immediately upon graduation, many of them are able to obtain part-time jobs to support their families.
Since 2009, with support from Department of Education and Training, we have co-hosted the annual Asia-Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools with Hwa Chong Institution (Singapore). To date, over 90 Vietnamese students have received sponsorship of total US$29,000 to compete and learn from top students in Mathematics from Singapore and other Asia Pacific countries.
A new CSR initiative embraces student-art activities through sponsorship of US$4,300 for “A Bullet for My Valentine” – independent student-run musical shows that attracted over 1,000 audiences in Hanoi in 2017. The sponsorship aims to promote not only entrepreneurship, but also creativity and aesthetic values among young students.
Donations and Humanitarian Aids
Our annual, Christmas Charity Fair is held at each KinderWorld campus with participation of thousands of staff, parents and students. Through these fairs since 2013, over US$100,000 has been donated to Operation Smile Charity Foundation, funding the cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for over 400 underprivileged children throughout Vietnam, enabling them with a chance of education.
In 2019, in the spirit of “Give cheerfully, receive gratefully”, all funds raised through our Christmas Fair 2019 were donated to Caritas Vietnam Charitable Committee. This organisation aims to promote integral human development and to deliver emergency assistance. It organizes workshops on HIV/AIDS to prevent the spread of the epidemic. The workshops include training and counselling. Caritas Vietnam’s social service activities include campaigns to help dioceses boost education and life skills for young people, water projects to improve the health of leprosy patients and support to people living with disabilities. It runs a scholarship programme for poor students.
The staff, teachers and students from our Group’s various campuses also raised funds to help victims of Haiyan Typhoon in 2013. Part of the money raised was given to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Education and Management Council while the rest was used to buy warm clothes, notebooks, backpacks and other school stationeries for underprivileged students from Son Nham Primary and Secondary School, Son Ha District, Quang Ngai Province.
Commitment to Education and Sustainability
In June 2017, an MOU for international education investment was signed between KinderWorld Vietnam JSC and Hanoi People’s Committee. The MOU has confirmed our commitment to offer scholarships worth US$200,000 through 400 training courses in English, Hospitality and Tourism and Outward Bound Programmes to government officers, hotelier representatives and young adolescents in Hanoi.
Moreover, we also are committed to the sustainable development of our schools. Our campuses are built with green architecture and design and we have in place future plans of seeking further green certification for schools and infrastructure through US standard called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). We also integrate elements of sustainability into the curriculum via Outward Bound Vietnam’s and STEM courses to raise environmental awareness and instill spirit of community service. In May 2021, Mr. Stefan Tan, our Chief Sustainability Officer shared the Group’s approach to Sustainability with Singapore’s The Business Times, highlighting our long-term commitment and future visions to sustainable development. For further reading, please click here: