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01/25/2018 News

Patrick Pouyanné appointed Chair of the Alliance pour l’Education

On January 11, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed Chair of the Alliance pour l'Education. Since 2013, this French organization has brought together some ten French stakeholders, including the ADP Foundation, the SNCF Foundation and Deloitte, to help prevent early school leaving.

At the inauguration ceremony held at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris, attended by French Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and some thirty business leaders, Total's Chairman and CEO reiterated the Group's strong commitment to young people, underlining the critical importance of an education.  “The fight against early school leaving is part of our social responsibility; our economic efficiency depends on it. [...] There is a direct impact for companies when young people drop out of school, as it makes for fewer potential recruits » said Patrick Pouyanné.

The appointment reflects the organization's drive to expand its scope on a national level by mobilizing more and more companies, as Patrick Pouyanné emphasized: « Total, as the largest business in France, aims to encourage other companies to address this important national issue”.

The organization also intends to increase the number of middle schools involved tenfold so that significantly more school students are able to benefit from the program. In 2017, the Alliance pour l'Education provided support to more than 2,700 young people. It is also working alongside an association with similar goals, United Way Tocqueville, to develop synergies outside of France.

Creating alliances to help prevent early school leaving

The Alliance pour l'Education is a unique, jointly sponsored project with which the Total Foundation works closely. It takes an original approach to helping prevent early school leaving by mobilizing businesses and foundations to commit to tackling the issue together. The programs it has developed aim to foster open‑mindedness and involve helping with homework, increasing family awareness, training tutors and promoting relationships between middle schools and companies. This comprehensive framework for the prevention of early school leaving, designed alongside the French Ministry of National Education, is available to assist young people starting middle school and encourages businesses and their employees to join forces with organizations and students' parents.