This Tuesday, January 24, we celebrate International Education Day, on the theme of investing in people, making education a priority. Today, education must be the priority to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to UNESCO, 244 million children (aged 6 to 18) are still not in school and 771 million adults will not have mastered basic literacy skills by 2022.

For 30 years, aid to children and education have been at the heart of the ENGIE Foundation’s action and commitments, at the heart of its DNA.

With one conviction: to give the most vulnerable a chance to build the future.

The ENGIE Foundation wishes to offer the most vulnerable children the energy to learn and grow in a positive environment and is convinced that children will build the world of tomorrow, giving them the energy to act is vital for the future of the planet.

The Foundation supports projects in favor of education for the greatest number of people in France and abroad around 3 themes:

  • Educating through sharing, transmission and discovery
  • Educating for academic success through tutoring
  • Educating to improve the living conditions of children

Educating through sharing, transmission and discovery

With UNESCO, share, transmit, debate

In June 2014, thanks to the ENGIE Foundation, UNESCO launched the first UNESCO Campus.

The objective of the CAMPUS: to put the expertise of UNESCO’s teams and its partners at the service of young people for a better understanding of major contemporary issues and to develop their civic spirit on the subjects for which UNESCO works. The campuses target middle and high school students in France and internationally, particularly in Africa.

UNESCO Campus has an impact on young people around the world: 2,000 participating students from 100 schools.

Discover the UNESCO Biodiversity Campus

With TAJO (GAND), workshops on energy

TAJO is a Saturday school that offers 9-12 year old in the Ghent region the opportunity to experience, during practical workshops, the different professions that are available to them for their future. This educational project has been supported for a year by the ENGIE Foundation.

In October 2022, about fifteen young people from TAJO discovered the world of energy alongside ENGIE employees. During workshops, they learned how to produce energy with lemons or solar panels. Or how an electric car and an electric circuit work.

With FRIENDSHIP, connected schools in Bangladesh to exchange on the subject of energy transition

The Friendship organization, an international network of NGOs, born in Bangladesh in 2002, works with the country’s most vulnerable populations to support them and promote their access to vital services (health, education, energy, climate adaptation and citizens’ rights) with development projects and in emergency contexts.


The Connected Schools project encourages students to share innovative solutions for dealing with climate change: logistical or behavioral adaptations, changes in practices and lifestyles, etc. By taking a stand on these issues, they will be able to become actors of change, by raising awareness in civil society (classmates, parents, associations, etc.).

Between January and June 2022, 8 secondary schools, equipped with internet connection and computers, participated in five exchange sessions with 8 French schools. The 2022 session was also a success, hailed by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports and recognized by the French Development Agency, a new partner of this educational program for 3 years.

Key figures of the program
Each year :

  • 20 schools connected in France and Bangladesh
    More than 150 students in Bangladesh, 300 in France in correspondence
  • 30 teachers and educational managers involved
  • 5 exchange sessions, including 2 interactive meetings

Educating for academic success through tutoring

With School Choice, encourage and accompany young graduates and young working people towards teaching in public colleges in priority neighborhoods

Created in 2015, School Choice is an association that accompanies young graduates and young working people who wish to switch to teaching in priority neighborhoods. To ensure their success in their new missions, and that of their students, the association trains and accompanies these young teachers during their first two years of teaching in primary, middle or vocational high schools.

Since 2015, we have provided support to:

  • 310 teachers accompanied in 4 academies: Créteil, Versailles, Paris and Aix-Marseille,
  • 55,000 primary, middle and high school students in priority neighborhoods have had a teacher supported by Le Choix de l’école since 2015,
  • 89% of middle schools in Seine-Saint-Denis have had a teacher supported by Le Choix de l’école

As a partner of the Association, the ENGIE Foundation supports the development of the School Choice program in vocational high schools in the 4 partner academies and accompanies new female teachers in math and science, with the objective of encouraging the commitment of young women to scientific careers.


With Fête le Mur: programs focused on academic success

Created by Yannick Noah more than 20 years ago, the association Fête le Mur allows children from the suburbs to play tennis in the heart of their neighborhoods, supervised by professionals and certified tennis coaches. Since its creation, the association has been offering educational support to young beneficiaries throughout the year in some of their sites.

Vacances Educ’Actives

Since 2020, the academic difficulties observed during the confinement have led them to develop during school vacations courses combining sports activities and academic support: the Vacances Educ’Actives. This program during the school vacations allows children who have fallen behind to catch up on their studies, but also allows them to resume a supervised physical activity.

La classe en fête

An innovative educational and academic support action, serving equal opportunities for beneficiaries in Cycle 3 (CM1, CM2, 6ème.)
It is for nearly 2400 children in Cycle 3 in Priority Neighborhoods, to have access to an application to review lessons, all subjects included, using the prism of the song to help them memorize the knowledge transmitted in class by their teachers. The children of the association will be the actors of the project because they will present the application to their classmates and will mobilize them to participate in the national challenge “A sound, a lesson” which will elect the best creation of lesson in song.

With Coup de Pouce, equal opportunities and prevention of school dropout

For 30 years, the Coup de Pouce association has been working alongside schools and supporting parents so that each child develops a taste for learning and the ability to learn. To do so, the association designs and distributes after-school programs offered to municipalities or other educational actors. Each of its programs is tested, evaluated and implemented in a rigorous manner in a continuous improvement process.

Their vision: Academic success is a right for every child, regardless of his or her social and family environment, and a responsibility shared by the French National Education system, parents, local authorities and civil society.

The ENGIE Foundation supports Association Coup de Pouce Partenaire de la réussite à l’école to promote equal opportunities and prevent school dropout. 300 children from kindergarten to CE1, accompanied in 60 Coup de Pouce clubs in the Hauts-de-France region with support for reading, writing, maths etc.

With Valued Citizens, work on self-esteem in South Africa

Valued Citizens is an association that aims to inspire individuals to become responsible citizens, determined to lead their lives by engaging in South Africa’s democracy and economy. Since 2009, the ENGIE Foundation has been supporting the NGO on the iNSIRE program.

iNSPIRE is a program that focuses on self-development with psychosocial support so that adolescent girls can free themselves from their emotional wounds (betrayal, humiliation, abandonment, injustice…).

The INSPIRE program strives to empower marginalized adolescent girls to
– Take control of their lives with resilience and dignity;
– Gain self-awareness and conquer their fears, anxieties and “ghosts” related to situations of abuse or abandonment;
– Preventing the victimization of young women;
– Becoming active and engaged citizens who make a positive change in their schools and communities;
– Take responsibility for their own actions and the collective actions carried out through their citizen project;
– Know how to manage a project as a leader and their life project with determination and self-confidence;
– Communicate with impact to influence a school community;
– Become independent young women who contribute to South Africa’s economy.

The program invests in 6 high schools in the same vicinity, in order to have an impact on the community of a rural district where townships are numerous within the Gauteng province where Engie is present.

This program is specifically designed for:
– 12 teachers who will become the school support team (2 per school)
– 180 teenage girls in grade 3 – 30 young female students per high school aged 15/16 – 20 recognized leaders and 10 vulnerable teenagers.
– 300 high school students will be directly involved in their citizenship project which will have an impact on all schools representing approximately 5100 students, boys and girls but also parents and community leaders.

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Educating to improve the living conditions of children

With Instituto Melhores Dias, improving the quality of life of communities

Instituto Melhores Dias (IMD) began its activities in 1993 and was established as a Brazilian non-profit organization in 1995. Over the past 29 years, IMD has promoted the improvement of the lives of children and communities through programs in the areas of health and nutrition, education, health prevention, physical activities, culture, environment, among others.

More than 12 million people have benefited from these programs, in 16 Brazilian states and 75 cities. More than 50,000 teachers, cafeteria workers and community health workers have been trained and 3 million children have received health and nutrition education. With a mission to promote the healthy development of children, through the formation of partners and the articulation of local networks, the Institute has gained experience in developing projects in schools and communities, in partnership with local governments, with the support of foundations and national and international companies.

Healthy School in Lages and Pedro Avelino, RN, Brazil

The project brings direct and indirect improvements to the quality of life of communities through educational actions in health prevention and hygiene. It is a multi-faceted program that provides participatory education on preventive health and general nutrition, treats children on major nutrient deficiencies and engages families and communities in efforts to improve their health and standard of living. Improved health in these communities is achieved through interventions that include biomedical examinations and treatments, as well as education on the importance of good hygiene practices and community involvement.

UNESCO is dedicating this year's International Education Day to the girls and women in Afghanistan who are denied their right to education and is calling for an immediate end to this ban on education

The ENGIE Foundation has supported the Free Afghanistan association since 2015 in favor of education for girls in Afghanistan via a digital training program with Free Afghanistan in the provinces of Panjshir and Kabul.

After participating in the electrification of 13 schools, the ENGIE Foundation financed a project of “digital classes”. Goal : to train young girls in digital skills.

600 young girls were trained each year in the framework of the digital classes after having followed the three-year training program.

– 600 female students aged 15 to 17 trained over three years, 70% success rate in the exam
– 5 pilot classes, one of which will open in 2019 in Kabul province