When Paul Bell travels around the world he wears not one, but two hats: president of Global Public and executive sponsor and chair of Dell's Global Giving council . As excited as he is talking about the Public sector, he is equally as passionate about Dell YouthConnect, a signature program created last year by the Global Giving Council. On a recent visit to India, Paul met with numerous Dell team members, customers and policy makers. In addition, Paul took time out to meet one of our strategic non-governmental organization partners and recipient of a Dell YouthConnect grant: The Energy Research Institute (TERI). He also met with the organization's founder, Dr.R.K Pachauri, who is also a Nobel Prize winner.
Today, TERI is actively engaged with various schools in India for Climate Education Exchange programs. TERI has partnered with Dell for a similar program to extend this initiative to over 300 schools in the 6 locations Dell currently operates in India which include Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chennai & Pune. The initiative will harness the power of ICT (Information Communication Technology), providing a platform for students from identified parts of the country to share environmental information and ideas across disciplines.
Paul visited one such school, the Banyan Tree School, where TERI has launched its pilot project on Climate EduXchange. This visit to the school gave him an understanding of the Dell-TERI partnership which will roll out the Climate EduXchange Initiative as part of the Dell YouthConnect program. He attended a class on climate change, visited the environment lab where students displayed award-winning projects on designs for green buildings, and ways to tackle global warming. The awareness amongst the students on these issues was impressive and Dell will continue to play a significant role in enhancing this awareness not just by way of support through infrastructure connectivity, but also through our employees at each of these sites who will engage with the school and the students to make the program more meaningful.
The Global Giving Council has also provided grants to organizations in Brazil and Mexico and will continue to seek out other opportunities across the world.