Orica supports Learning for Life in the Pilbara and Gladstone, plus the expansion and digitization of our Let’s Count program.
Orica has partnered with The Smith Family since 2014, when they started supporting our Learning for Life program in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
In 2016, an Orica funded feasibility study into establishing a Learning for Life program in Gladstone found that there was sufficient need and support in the community. Orica has subsequently committed to three years of funding for this new Learning for Life community, which was launched in early 2018.
In addition to supporting the Learning for Life communities in the Pilbara and Gladstone, Orica in 2017, committed to supporting The Smith Family to expand and digitize our Let’s Count program via a three year project. This has allowed us to optimise delivery and increase program availability via digital channels, thus increasing the reach of the program, with a greater number of children benefiting over time.
The Let’s Count program assists early childhood educators to work with parents to support children, aged 3 to 5 year from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop their maths knowledge, skills and confidence, to set them up for success in an area critical to their future and Australia’s economic well-being. Let’s Count is also sold to early childcare centres, schools and the corporate sector as part of a social enterprise.
Orica Group Executive, Corporate Services and Company Secretary, Kirsten Gray said that supporting Let’s Count complimented the company’s long-standing investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
“We recognise that STEM skills are not only critical to companies like Orica and the economic prosperity of nations but also to develop skills and confidence, to help individuals fully participate in society and employment in later years.”
“The Let’s Count program targets a new group for Orica, pre-schoolers and their parents, and we can now proudly say that we are fostering STEM skills and confidence throughout the education life-cycle.”
“In addition to the digitization project, Orica will also work with The Smith Family to bring the benefits of Let’s Count to communities in which we operate both in Australia and internationally.
It’s another example of how we are giving back to the communities that host our operations and contribute so much to our success.” Ms Gray said.
The pilot of Let’s Count training has since been rolled out to Orica’s international communities in Gomia, India, Limay and the Philippines.