India is a material location for Temenos as it represents 52% of our total employee concentration. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and enhancing India’s competitiveness in the global economy.
In 2017, Temenos launched a comprehensive CSR program in India “Adopt iT” to help improve the quality of secondary education in India and eventually access to quality education for more. The concept was to identify secondary schools in need (government-aided schools – privately managed) and use technology to enable social change. Our goal was to provide young students from disadvantaged local communities with digital skills and capabilities and help them unleash future opportunity and gain access to jobs, health and finance.
In 2017, Manur Chengalvaraya Naidu Higher Secondary School was identified and the first pilot project was implemented. In 2018 after a due diligence process of nine schools in total, two schools were selected in Chennai and Bangalore. St. Columba’s Higher Secondary School is located in Chennai, 55 kilometers from one of the Chennai Temenos offices. The school has 1,127 students (313 girls and 814 boys). The second school, Government Kannada Higher Primary School is located in Bangalore, 4.5 kilometers from our office in Bangalore. The 91-year-old school has 172 students.
During 2017-2018, through the Temenos Adopt iT project, we built computer labs in three schools in India. In addition, we focused our actions on encouraging gender equality and inclusive education for all, by building girls’ restrooms in two schools in India, helping girls stay in school and gain equal access to education and opportunities in life. Global research has shown that by providing water, hygiene and sanitation facilities in schools, children’s regularity to school can be substantially improved, as they will have fewer illnesses due to water borne infections and in the long term, it has the potential to reduce drop-out rates, especially among girls, in upper primary and secondary school levels.
Our Temenos India employees volunteered their time and skills during the initial phase to help with the setup of the computer labs and throughout the year, by teaching more than 1,500 students about computers, as well as art.