In April, Kinross Chile hosted a graduation ceremony for indigenous students from host communities who participated in the ‘Study-Leveling Program’ sponsored by Kinross. This was the first graduation ceremony since the pandemic began and brought together graduates from 2019-2021.
Click here to watch a video of the ceremony and hear from the graduates on the importance of the program.
The program, which was established in 2014, is a partnership between Kinross, the Redúcate Foundation and the Ministry of Education, who are all working together to build and contribute to the social welfare of the community.
The program aims to encourage indigenous community members of all ages and education levels to further their studies in a variety of disciplines ranging from in-class learning to hands-on training with the goal of creating income-generating opportunities and furthering intellectual development.
“The idea for the Study-Leveling Program came from a community member who desired to further their education but did not know where to begin. By incorporating the feedback of our stakeholders, we were able to assist participants in realizing their educational potential,” said Cristina Fernández, Manager, Community Relations, Chile. “This program is a rewarding opportunity for us to see the positive changes we can make in our communities, and how we can work together to make a difference.”
We have seen over 20 students graduate from the program since its inception.