UN SDG 4: Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
We operate mines in some fairly remote regions of the world where access to education is limited. We support and partner with existing educational institutions to expand that access and we promote the education of our workforce as pathway to a better life for our employees and their children. We believe that by investing in education, we can be an agent of change and an accelerator of development for our neighboring communities.
Working for a Sustainable Future:
In Mexico, we partner with the Institute for Adult Education of Chihuahua to promote literacy and help employees and community members obtain their primary and secondary diplomas. In 2017, 49 of our Creston Mascota and 38 of our Pinos Altos employees graduated from the program. The program was also successful in the communities surrounding the mines, with 126 graduates.
We also maintain a scholarship program for students who want to continue their education beyond what is offered in their community. We provided 144 scholarships in 2017 to students in the communities near our Pinos Altos mine, 144 in 2016 and 135 scholarships in 2015.
Pinos Altos also provides monthly contributions to operate school canteens at the nearby primary and secondary schools; while our La India mine has initiated a school renovation program that to date has renovated over 20 schools. In order to attract and retain quality teachers, we worked with the community to build a small house in Matarachi to provide adequate lodging for the school master.
At our Meadowbank mine in Nunavut we have created apprenticeship positions for our Inuit workers with classroom and on the job training. We began with four apprentices in 2012 and we currently have 17. Four apprentices have graduated with full Red Seal qualification.