A key part of our sustainability program involves supporting NGOs, non-profits, and grassroots initiatives around the world, focusing on projects that involve the use of technology to improve people’s lives and make the world a better place.
Materialise’s Summer School Benin project, run together with Hubi & Vinciane, provides scholarships that open the door of higher education to students with management potential. We select the students that prove themselves during a special month-long, Summer School program. This requires them to work on a community-based project using skills later needed to run local hospitals and schools.
Back in 2015, a working group at the Materialise China office decided to take to the road with a dream. Inspired by African Drive, another Materialise CSR initiative, together with the Adream Foundation, Suning and other partners, they launched the Dream Bus project to enable school kids across Western China to learn about and explore what 3D printing can do.”
The state of the roads and vehicles in Africa is a clear obstacle to economic development. African Drive, which was founded by our CEO Fried Vancraen, aims to challenge European automotive companies and their suppliers to bring a series of vans onto the African markets that are specifically suited to the needs of Africa - both functionally and economically.