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    Signify and UNESCO collaborate to provide access to education to ethnic minorities in Viet Nam

    July 7, 2020

     

    • Solar lighting systems were provided to more than 5,000 students of 16 lower secondary schools in Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan and Soc Trang provinces.
    • Signify also donated a book library at the Minh Tan school.

     

    Ho Chi Minh - Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), formerly Philips Lighting, the world leader in lighting, collaborates with UNESCO – the mandated United Nations agency for education – and Departments of Education and Training of the three provinces of Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan and Soc Trang in Viet Nam to provide access to education to ethnic minorities through the “Lighting up the Future of Ethnic Minority Communities in Viet Nam” Project with the goal to reduce school drop-out rates.

     

    The Project aims to equip more than 5,000 ethnic minority students of 16 lower secondary schools in remote, mountainous and disadvantaged areas in Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan and Soc Trang with innovative lighting systems, including 1,900 Philips LifeLight portable solar lanterns, 7 Philips SunStay streetlights for school-yard lighting, together with other Philips LED lamps of different kinds.

     

    Installation at the 16 schools has now been completed. On June 17, 2020, Minh Tan secondary semi-boarding school for ethnic minority students at Vi Xuyen District, Ha Giang Province, on behalf of the eight lower secondary boarding schools for ethnic minority students in the province, held a ceremony to celebrate receiving the solar lighting equipment. At Minh Tan school, in addition to lighting equipment, Signify also donated a book library of 500 books to support the students’ daily learning activities.

     

    In many remote and mountainous areas of Vietnam where there is a high concentration of ethnic minority communities, people are still facing many difficulties and challenges in their daily lives, especially poor conditions of traffic infrastructure and electricity grids. In these areas, limited access to electricity has not only affected the performance of farming activities and economic development among the communities, but also challenged all aspects of people’s livings, movement and exchanging activities at night. In particular, limited access to electrical lighting systems has significantly prevented local students from accessing education, resulting in a higher rate of school drop-outs in general.

     

    The “Lighting up the Future of Ethnic Minority Communities in Viet Nam” project is a reflection of Signify’s strong commitment to the sustainable growth of local communities, especially those who are vulnerable, through providing innovative and practical products and solutions through its Signify Foundation (formerly Philips Foundation). Also, it reflects the commitment of UNESCO to support the Government of Viet Nam to build an inclusive, equitable and quality education system.

    The education sector of Ha Giang or any provinces with ethnic minorities in Viet Nam is always facing challenges: apart from ensuring education and training quality, we have to take care of the students’ lives, especially the ones from semi-boarding schools. We have to advocate with parents to send their children to schools and motivate the students not to drop out. Such assistance to the education sector by UNESCO and Signify not only encourages our passion to strengthen the education and training, but also enables students with difficulties to better access to educational opportunities, to enjoy and stay longer at school.”

     

    Nguyen The Binh

    Director of Education and Training Department of Ha Giang Province

    “This Project falls within our wider effort to enhance the quality of education for ethnic minority students”, said Mr. Michael Croft, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam. “And because we share with Signify a common concern for sustainability and leaving no one behind, we join hands in this way. It is so easy for many of us to take for granted, but having more light translates to more opportunities in the future for these deserving youth.”

     

    “With experiences in many successful CSR projects all over the world, Signify understands the challenges daily faced by ethnic minorities in remote and mountainous areas. With these advanced solar lighting solutions and technologies, students will have better facilities for their daily activities and learning, therefore, will learn better and be more motivated to go to schools to build up their knowledge and nurture their dreams for a brighter future. This is exactly our approach to unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world”, said Mr. Phung Hoai Duong, General Director of Signify Viet Nam.

     

    Aiming to improve people’s lives with meaningful innovations, Signify has for many years implemented CSR projects to bring solar lighting systems to remote and mountainous areas with limited access to power grids around the world, especially countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2014, the company successfully completed a large-scale CSR project to equip solar lighting systems in Thanh Son village, Ha Nam Province. Through this project, living conditions for approximately 300 poor households in the area have been significantly improved.

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify

    Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong

    Digital & Marcom Manager

    Signify Vietnam

    Tel: (028) 39111508

    Email: minh.phuong.nguyen@signify.com

     

    UNESCO

    Phan Minh Chau

    Project manager -  Education Department

    UNESCO Representative Office in Vietnam

    Mobile: 090 411 8080

    Email: mc.phan@unesco.org

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2019 sales of EUR 6.2 billion, we have approximately 36,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been named Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three years in a row. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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