HHS and COMAC recently donated educational supplies to improve the learning environment for two of the largest primary schools in Xiji County. The new “COMAC – Honeywell Multimedia Learning Centers” received more than 4,000 books, 11 computers, five projectors, two broadcasting systems and other digital educational tools. The project was funded by a $55,000 (U.S.) grant from HHS, Honeywell’s corporate citizenship initiative.
According to the teachers, these educational resources will help encourage a love of learning by the students. “The computers and projectors captivated them,” one teacher noted. “While most students were not previously aware of what an engineer did, they expressed a desire to build planes so they can travel the world.”
Briand Greer, President of Honeywell Aerospace-Asia Pacific, and He Dongfeng, COMAC President, were on-site for the dedication of the new learning centers on Sept. 7. “Honeywell and COMAC have a long history of collaboration on a number of critical initiatives, including the ARJ-21 and C919 aircraft,” said Greer. “Today marks another milestone for our partnership as we have grown from business partners into kindred spirits, sharing a common passion for improving the lives of the communities where we live and work.”
In the past five years, Honeywell has donated 21,500 books and nearly 70 computers to schools in Shuangjiang, Yunan, Mianyang, Sichuan, Lhasa, Tibet, Nanjing and Beijing. An estimated 15,600 students have benefited from these donations which aim to encourage the exploration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.