Fighting against discrimination through economic development lies at the heart of BNP Paribas’ philanthropic initiatives and includes providing support to community programmes that include social inclusion and education.
The Smith Family
BNP Paribas has partnered with The Smith Family, the largest education-oriented charity in Australia, to support its Learning for Life program since 2012.
Over 638,000 Australian children live in jobless families without the right support and opportunities to fully participate in their education. Many come from disadvantaged communities with poor access to basic educational resources and limited networks or role models to turn to for inspiration and support.
BNP Paribas Australia supports learning through the mentoring program, careers day, corporate contributions and mobilises its staff in a range of voluntary and fundraising programs to directly help children in need achieve their goals through education to stay in school and create a better future.
Barnados’ Arts in the Dust Project
The BNP Paribas Foundation marked its 30th anniversary by renewing its commitment to education, culture and social integration: key areas of the BNP Paribas Group’s corporate philanthropy policy. Dream Up is the Foundation’s flagship international programme designed to promote education through artistic performance.
In Australia, Barnardos’ ‘Arts in the Dust’ project was selected to receive a Dream Up grant. Arts in the Dust is a suite of art based workshops delivered after school in severely disadvantaged Indigenous communities in NSW. The program predominantly teaches the children Indigenous art and is delivered by Barnardos case workers alongside community elders and Indigenous artists. It is designed as a method to prevent depression and strengthen resilience in up to 150 Indigenous children who are experiencing trauma such as family violence, poverty, homelessness or mental illness. The children learn new skills, build confidence, connect with their culture and ultimately improve at school.
The Dream Up programme is a global education project managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This corporate philanthropy programme encourages the integration of socially excluded young people through arts practice. It is currently running in 26 countries on 5 continents and benefiting 30,000 children and young people each year.