www.drummondltd.com 7 all of their university studies in the location and degree of their choice in Colombia. • University scholarships. This is a scholarship program for the top graduates of public high schools in our area of influence. The success of this program comes from the fact that, in addition to covering the costs of their university degree, it includes a section for a monthly stipend of 850,000 pesos (USD 414) for room and board. The award system includes a rigorous dual filter selection process. First, the principals from each school nominate the top two students from their educational institution, and then these academic files are reviewed along with other factors like their family´s income level (the lower their income level, the higher their score), and the final awarding of the scholarships takes place. To date, this program has benefitted 75 students, 28 of whom have already graduated. Many of them studied degrees that are related to mining, and are working for the company. Other featured education programs are those related to the technical and technological training of high school graduates, and the programs related to music schools. • Training high school graduates. This program provides technical and technological training for high school graduates with the aim of facilitating their access to jobs with the company. One of the major problems that Drummond encountered when it arrived in the area was the shortage of skilled labor that would allow it to comply with its policy of giving preference to the workforce from its area of direct influence. This is why one of the main focuses of our educational programs is to train professionals who can become the skilled labor that the company needs. • Music schools. There are currently 10 schools where more than 1,500 children between the ages of 4 and 12 have received musical training. It is one of the most successful social responsibility programs that we have implemented, and a source of satisfaction for the company “to have managed to change the aspiration of our children to be famous vallenato singers and to transform them into trained musicians, organized, disciplined, reading sheet music and participating in training processes like these. It is a process that gives us great satisfaction,” says Alfredo Araújo. Drummond’s contribution to this musical training process is focused on providing instruments and uniforms, and construction building. THE ENVIRONMENT Through its “Improving the Environment” program, Drummond works on activities such as eliminating landfills, paving, repairing and maintaining roads and planting trees. To date, more than 30,000 trees, produced in the nurseries at the mine and the port, have been planted by students and faculty along various streets and parks, and at the schools themselves. HEALTHCARE Our emphasis on social responsibility projects related to healthcare is focused on improving hospital infrastructure and childhood nutrition. Drummond invests in education because it wants to contribute to the creation of a better society.
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