• We empowered

    106,320 young people to reach their full potential through our APAC Born to Be programme in 2022


Born to Be

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Education matters. A reported 300 million young people around the world are without jobs due to adverse circumstances or a lack of opportunity, and this stems from not being able to attend school or attain the education and skills they need to find success in life. Many are denied the chance to get the best education through barriers such as poverty, disadvantage, economic mobility and unequal access. Even when children and youth do go to school, they are not receiving the education standards they need. 250 million children struggle with numeracy and literacy. Combined with a lack of critical thinking, limited self-confidence and low resilience, the impact is damaging - leading to low-skilled work or, worse, no job at all.

More broadly, education is a key influence in social and economic development. It provides the workforce and the innovators of the future. When we support the next generation, we can change the lives of future generations to come.

At Deutsche Bank, we believe in the power of education and that every individual is born to be something. We want every child and young person to receive an education that helps them to fulfil their potential, which includes securing gainful and rewarding employment.

In Asia Pacific, we recognise that access to and standards of education are only one part of the solution to a young person’s life chances. Millions of children and young people in the region live without access to basic necessities like clean drinking water and sufficient food, as well as to healthcare and a secure living environment. We collaborate with charity partners, community leaders, governments and Deutsche Bank employee volunteers across Asia Pacific to provide this access alongside supporting educational initiatives. This is the essence of our Born to Be programme in the region.

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Through Born to Be, we target the barriers that prevent young people from achieving their full potential. We want to improve the lives of underprivileged children and youth so that they can have every chance to become who they were born to be.

Our strategy is to break the cycles that limit a young person’s prospects through early intervention. By working in partnership with groups ranging from grassroots organisations to thought leaders, we join forces with those who make a difference.

In China, we work with Adream Foundation to improve the education standards in schools. In Thailand, we partner with Rong Rein Khong Noo to refurbish rural schools to provide children with a safe and effective learning environment.

In Australia and Malaysia, we partner with Clontarf Foundation and Global Peace Foundation respectively to provide educational support to indigenous children and youth.

In Hong Kong and Singapore, we support PMA Music Foundation and Singapore Chinese Orchestra to fund music education for children with special needs.

In Taiwan, we are working with Jane Goodall Institute Taiwan on an environmental education programme “Oceans Are Us” to effectively combat the urgent issue of ocean pollution by raising awareness and nurturing a new generation of environmentally conscious youths.

In India, we partner with multiple non-profits such as Akshaya Patra Foundation, Tata Memorial Hospital and Teach for India to provide children well-rounded support ranging from nutrition, healthcare to education. 

In Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, we work with local charities to provide comprehensive support for children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, including street children, refugees, orphans and foster children.

Across the region, our Born to Be programmes develop what young people need to succeed in life: skills, aspirations and opportunities.

We’re all born to be equal. But if you live in an environment where you don’t have access to basic necessities as well as to education, realising your potential becomes particularly difficult.

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