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1 June 2018 - Air Mauritius Institute and the Airbus Foundation join forces to inspire the next generation of innovators

Port Louis, Mauritius, 31 May 2018 – Air Mauritius Institute and the Airbus Foundation have joined forces to roll out a series of Airbus Little Engineer workshop in Mauritius.

Developed by Airbus as a practical method to fuel a passion for innovation amongst
students, The Airbus Little Engineer initiative aims at encouraging students between the age of 10 and 16 to understand and embrace technology, and ignite passion that could grow into an exciting career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The two day workshop took place at the Air Mauritius Institute and welcomed some 50
students from across Mauritius to the exciting world of aviation. The workshop provides a platform for youngsters to familiarise themselves with the assembly of various aircraft parts, and receive a rich understanding of the manufacturing processes of the A380 - the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

“We are very excited to partner with the Airbus Foundation. The Airbus Little Engineer
programme fits well into how we at Air Mauritius approach youth development and
education,” said Somas Appavou, CEO of Air Mauritius. “We cannot start early enough to introduce children to STEM and kindle their passion – especially for aviation.”

“The Airbus Little Engineer programme helps to facilitate access to STEM skills which are crucial in solving the complex problems of today. I would like to thank Air Mauritius and all partners involved for joining efforts and making this workshop possible in Mauritius,” said Andrea Debbane, Executive Director of the Airbus Foundation.
Since its launch in 2012, the Airbus Little Engineer programme successfully positioned itself as an effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to enlighten and empower youth in the areas of science and technology through robotics and aerospace.

Africa has the fastest-growing and most youthful population in the world; furthermore the
continent has developed an ‘innovation’ culture that is growing fast. It is important that all
stakeholders join efforts to facilitate access to STEM skills as the youth will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the continent. 

About the Airbus Foundation
The Airbus Foundation, chaired by Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, includes Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space as founding and contributing members. It is the company’s vehicle for corporate philanthropy, using the group’s
resources, aeronautic and space products, competencies, diverse workforce and culture for driving innovation to address societal issues. In particular, the Foundation supports the global humanitarian community and inspires and prepares young people for the challenges of tomorrow.

Since its launch in May 2008, the Airbus Foundation has facilitated more than 60
relief or goodwill flights to numerous destinations around the globe.

More information can be found at http://company.airbus.com/company/Foundation.html.
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About Air Mauritius
Air Mauritius is the national airline of the Republic of Mauritius with a fleet of 14 aircraft, mainly an Airbus fleet. It serves 24 direct destinations and more than 100 seamless connections through the hubs it serves with its airline partners. This year, the Air Mauritius Institute has been launched as part of the company’s initiative to grow its most valued asset, its human capital. The Air Mauritius Institute will provide training in various airline fields and will also include a flying academy for the training of pilots.