[electronic translation] The Airbus Foundation and Helibras, in partnership with the civil society organization (OSC) CIEDS, held last Thursday (22) the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Flying Challenge Brazil youth development program. The initiative aims to stimulate a taste for studies and inspire children ages 9 to 11 to explore careers in the aerospace industry. The event took place in Itajubá (MG), home city of Helibras – subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters.
“I am sure that the new edition of the program will be a success just as it was last year, when we realized that 90% of the children who participated have improved school performance and behavior. We are also very pleased to see the great interest of girls in aviation. , something that needs to be stimulated, “says Jean-Luc Alfonsi, president of Helibras.
This edition of the program will benefit more than 50 children from the Professor Isaura Pereira dos Santos Municipal School (Itajubá). Students will receive Portuguese language and math mentoring, besides participating in Science and Technology workshops with visits to Helibras and other factories in the city.
The Airbus Foundation’s Flying Challenge Brazil program will be held from September to December and will be supported by Airbus / Helibras volunteers and coordinated by CIEDS.
At the end of the program, the best performing students will be awarded a trip to Rio de Janeiro (RJ) for a training session on the H225M helicopter simulator.
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