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Askıda Eğitim Var (Education on the Hanger)

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    Considering the great change in the world caused by the pandemic, the Borusan Group implemented new projects to support social solidarity. With the transition to online education, the #AskıdaEğitimVar (Education on the Hanger) project was implemented together with the Askıda Ne Var (What’s on the Hanger) social enterprise platform to support young people who do not have access to online education. Within the scope of the project, university students were provided with computers, internet packages, online book subscriptions, mentoring and support for access to online education platforms for them to continue their education without interruption.

    Description

    Since its establishment, Borusan Holding has acted with the belief that people and talent are behind every success and has set investment in "people" as a top priority. Within the sustainability strategy that focuses on people, it has identified the contribution to human safety, talent culture and diversity as areas that need to be further assessed. In accordance with the "Quality Education" goal which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 United Nations member countries in 2015 to be reached by the end of 2030, Askıda Eğitim Var (Education on the Hanger) is designed to ensure that everyone has equal access to qualified education in all conditions. The "Quality Education" goal has been set as a responsibility to ensure inclusive and equal education for all girls and boys to attain all levels of education by 2030.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    The situation of inequality that has been amplified during this pandemic period, has brought new educational needs and technology-based education systems have become an important necessity. To play a role in addressing the emerging needs, steps were taken to ensure that everyone, benefited from equitable education and responsibility was taken to prevent the elevation of this newly existing inequality. Within the scope of the "Quality Education" article, with the projects carried out support was provided to the education process and important steps were taken towards the future of young people.

    Implementation methodologies

    The project was implemented by Borusan Holding corporate communication department employees with the Askıda Ne Var (What’s on the Hanger) social enterprise platform to support young people who do not have access to online education and are devoid of this right. With the Askıda Eğitim Var (Education on the Hanger) social initiative -inspired by the practice of "bread on a hanger”, an ancient Ottoman tradition- which aims to enable young people who are the future of our country to improve themselves in the best possible way, support has been provided to them in these challenging conditions. Within the scope of the project, university students were provided with computers, internet packages, online book subscriptions, mentoring and support for access to online education platforms for them to continue their education without interruption. Collaborations have been made with various institutions to provide students with different needs. Borusan Holding CEO Erkan Kafadar as well as Borusan's senior management supported the project by mentoring. Borusan employees also participated as supporters in the campaign, for which Borusan has allocated approximately 500,000 TL budget. The project was launched with a campaign video and social media announcements for each campaign. Winners were identified and contacted at the end of the 10-day participation process.

    Results

    With the “Askıda Eğitim Var (Education on the Hanger)” project which it implemented in order to benefit young people who are extremely important for the future, Borusan has reached approximately 11,000 university students, including 10,300 with the support of Borusan. A total of 11,290 products were left on the “hanger” for university students during the “Askıda Eğitim Var” (Education on the Hanger) project, including 10,376 with the support of Borusan. Within the scope of the project, 112 computers, 1.586 10 GB internet packages, 4.672 Biryudumkitap subscriptions, 1.645 book sets containing world classics from Kitapyurdu.com, 2,719 Udemy online course credits and 200 Cambly English education courses were left on the “hanger” In addition, Bahçeşehir University Continuous Education Center education for 156 students and with the support of Baltaş Group and MonDes Global educational webinars for 200 students were left on the “hanger”.

    Factors and Constraints

    With the transition to online education, many students' access to education started to be restricted. Although reaching young people in need was a difficult process, thanks to our collaborations, more people could be reached than anticipated. Also, it has been possible to reach young people in need with the communication works we conducted on social media by taking advantage of the power of technology. With the solidarity of our employees, our project, which started in the form of providing a computer and internet package, has been enriched with online book subscription, mentorship, and access to online education platforms.

    Sustainability and replicability

    Our project, which implemented under conditions where we better understand the value of solidarity, sets an example for many institutions. Throughout the project, we worked with the social initiative "Askıda Ne Var" and this made it easier for the project to be replicated and implemented by different institutions. In case the distance education and the need continue, the project can be repeated, or it can be applied for new needs that will arise. This project, which is implemented with the participation of individuals, without being dependent on a single person or institution, is suitable to meet every need. With this project, which inspires the sustainability of social solidarity, the great impact of the voluntary work has been demonstrated.

    COVID-19 Impact

    To contribute to the fight against the epidemic, Borusan implemented the Askıda Eğitim Var project, which focuses on the spirit of solidarity and volunteering during the pandemic period. Despite the many problems caused by the epidemic, it has strengthened social solidarity. It has become a necessity for both institutions and individuals to work together to reduce the effects of the pandemic. Our project, which we have implemented in this context, has emerged with the idea that access to technology is the right of everyone in the digitalizing world. It has been our priority to minimize the effects of the pandemic on university students. In addition to the support packages, with the mentorship programs has been enabled young people to continue to work for a good future under all conditions.

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    Borusan Holding
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    Timeline
    30 April 2020 (start date)
    28 May 2020 (date of completion)
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    Turkey
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    Nursel, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Communications Officer