Education: the gift that keeps on giving

We want our pupils to receive the best
possible education. We want them to build
up self-confidence and to believe that
anything is possible.

Mr Subhash Rathod, Principal

A campaign to give children the knowledge, skills, and self-belief to build a brighter future for themselves and generations to come.


Why supporting the campaign will build a sustainable future for children

Supporting the campaign means you support the UN Global Goals.

You're helping teachers to improve education for children around the world.

As always, the programs are carefully vetted by our team of experts, making sure your gift has the greatest possible impact.

100% of your donation goes directly to programs that are improving children’s lives.


How you can get involved

Germany

You have the unique opportunity to partner with the UBS Optimus Foundation to maximize your impact and change the lives of people here in Germany and around the world. When you give to the Foundation, all costs are covered by UBS, ensuring that 100% of your donation will go directly to the programs detailed on this page.

In this year's campaign you have the opportunity to support:

  • Joblinge and help address youth unemployment in Germany
  • Teaching at the Right Level and help make sure children in Cote D’Ivoire aren’t left behind
  • A new way to help ensure children in India receive the quality education they need

Donating is easy:

 

Donate via UBS E-Banking:

UBS Optimus Foundation Deutschland,
IBAN: DE27 5022 0085 2245 6910 14
BIC: SMHBDEFF
Donation purpose: "Zukunft“ and program name

Or contact your client advisor

Switzerland

You have the unique opportunity to partner with the UBS Optimus Foundation to maximize your impact and change the lives of people here in Switzerland and around the world. When you give to the Foundation, all costs are covered by UBS, ensuring that 100% of your donation will go directly to the programs detailed on this page.

In this year's campaign you have the opportunity to support:

  • Schenk mir eine Geschichte" (Tell me a story) and help young children in Switzerland develop early literacy skills 
  • Teaching at the Right Level and help make sure children in Cote D’Ivoire aren’t left behind
  • A new way to help ensure children in India receive the quality education they need

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United Kingdom

As one of our clients, you have the unique opportunity to partner with the UBS Optimus Foundation to maximize your impact and change the lives of people here in the United Kingdom and around the world. When you give to the Foundation, all costs are covered by UBS, ensuring that 100% of your donation will go directly to the programs detailed on this page.

In this year's campaign you have the opportunity to support: 

  • Skills Builder and help students in the UK acquire essential life skills 
  • Teaching at the Right Level and help make sure children in Cote D’Ivoire aren’t left behind 
  • A new way to help ensure children in India receive the quality education they need

Scroll down for more information on each program.

To learn more about these programs or to make a donation, please reach out to your UBS Client Advisor or email our shared inbox sh-ukphilanthropyservices@ubs.com

United States

As one of our clients, you have the unique opportunity to partner with the UBS Optimus Foundation to maximize your impact and change the lives of people here in the US and around the world. When you give to the Foundation, all costs are covered by UBS, ensuring that 100% of your donation will go directly to the programs detailed on this page.

In this year's campaign you have the opportunity to support: 

  • Year Up in the US and help close the Opportunity Divide 
  • Teaching at the Right Level and help make sure children in Cote D’Ivoire aren’t left behind 
  • A new way to help ensure children in India receive the quality education they need

Scroll down for more information on each program or to make a donation, please review our e-packet here .

Please reach out to your UBS Financial Advisor to learn more about how to maximize the impact of your philanthropy.


Get to know our programs

Support Teaching at the Right Level and help make sure children in Cote D’Ivoire aren’t left behind

School enrollment across Africa has improved drastically in recent years, yet learning levels remain low. J-PAL, a global research center, has identified inefficiencies in the school system as the root cause: schools simply aren’t designed to meet the needs of students who are the first in their family to attend school, or who enter school without early-learning skills for home.

Teaching at the Right Level is a strategic approach to tackling this problem. Students are grouped by learning needs, instead of by age, and time is dedicated to basic skills rather than a rigid curriculum. This makes sure students are taught at a level that is right for them – so no child is left behind. This model has already been implemented successfully in India. We need your support to expand this model into Cote D’Ivoire so more children can benefit.

Maximize your impact: Give before December 26 and the Jacobs Foundation1 will double your donation.

A new way for you to help ensure children in India receive the quality education they need

India has achieved a 99% rate of school access – but literacy and numeracy levels remain low, leading to a shift in focus to the quality of education1. To address this challenge, you can join with UBS and funding partners to pioneer the Development Impact Bond (DIB). This new way of supporting education programs has a focus on outcomes, rather than methods – ensuring a transparent, measurable social investment.

Your support through the UBS Optimus Foundation will provide the startup funding to allow organizations to deliver their programs on the ground. Large institutional funders then pay for programs only when targets are met. If a program is successful, your initial donation can be re-deployed in another promising program – increasing your philanthropic impact.

The UBS Optimus Foundation is a pioneer in the field of social finance and DIBs.

Help students in the UK acquire essential life skills
 

The Skills Builder approach uses a special curriculum focussing on eight essential skills: listening, presenting, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

The most recent Impact Report showed that 93% of teachers saw tangible progress in their students’ skills through this approach. We need your support to expand this proven model to more schools across the country – and help more students acquire the essential employability skills they need to thrive.

Maximize your impact: UBS will match all donations to this project by 10%

“Schenk mir eine Geschichte" (Tell me a story) – literacy for a level playing field in Switzerland

“Schenk mir eine Geschichte” (Tell me a story) is a program run by the Swiss Institute for Children's and Youth Media. Its goal is to boost immigrant children's reading and writing skills so that they can integrate more easily and enjoy equal opportunities when it comes to education.

According to the 2018 Opportunity Index1, there are 5 million 18-24 year olds in the US who lack access to stable career pathways due to systemic barriers. Yet according to a Georgetown study, our country is facing a projected shortfall of 12 million skilled workers by 2025.

By investing in Year Up, you can tackle both these challenges head-on. Year Up empowers young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year, by equipping them with the skills employers need. Students spend six months learning in-demand technical and professional skills before applying their skills during a six-month corporate internship. Last year 90% of graduates were employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of program completion. You can help empower more young adults to reach their full potential.

Maximize your impact: UBS will match gifts to this project by 10% up to USD 1.5 million. Give today.

Globally, over 73 million youth are unemployed. Preparing youth for the world of work is crucial to remedy this. The "Joblinge" concept combines practical qualifications with personal and individual development. This significantly increases participants' chance to find an apprenticeship or a job on their own initiative. In order to make this possible, "Joblinge" bundles together the commitment and skills of different actors and institutions from economy, state and society. 10,000 young people throughout Germany have already participated in the program. 75 percent of them make the leap in the first labor market - for comparison: other programs with the same target group reach only 20 percent.