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Atlas Copco in China provides continual donations to “AC Sunshine School” located in Sichuan Province

2011-06-17

Three years ago, in May 2008, the disastrous Wenchuan Earthquake took place. In connection with that, Atlas Copco in China and its many employees donated funds to the Josephine Charles Foundation to construct a new school, the “AC Sunshine School”, inaugurated two years ago, for 400 young students. “AC” stands for Atlas Copco.

To commemorate the event, Magnus Gyllo, Vice President of Atlas Copco (China) Investment Co., Ltd, together with 6 employee representatives from Atlas Copco companies in China, accompanied by A Hu Mu Ga, the Education Foundation Director of Liangshan Prefecture, Josephine Charles, the founder of the Josephine Charles Foundation and journalists of Daily China and Xinmin Weekly visited AC Sunshine School on May 7th, 2011.

Atlas Copco China - AC Sunshine School
Nearly all of the four hundred students, headed by the schoolmaster and the seven teachers in the school, welcomed the guests with standing on both side of the access road to the school, singing Yi traditional welcome songs. Most of the villagers also came to the school to attend the commemorating ceremony.

The ceremony started with Magnus telling the history of Sweden and Atlas Copco to the students, sharing his own personal experiences to inspirit them. After that, Magnus donated educational books for the students to the schoolmaster and Atlas Copco wrist-watches to the teachers. All the Atlas Copco representatives helped to distribute a school bag to each student. The students prepared wonderful performances. All the visitors danced hand in hand with the students, accompanied by traditional Yi music.

In the afternoon, the two media representatives interviewed Magnus, Josephine Charles and the schoolmaster, Bu Ha. Magnus said ‘Atlas Copco in China and our employees will continue to support the AC Sunshine School through various means and ways to be determined together with the school, the Foundation and local community representatives.

Bu Ha expressed that right now they are not looking at expanding the school by building more classrooms or conducting other constructions. Instead, they want to improve the quality of education for the students as well as to provide some necessary facilities such as a water pipe and a basin for students to wash hands. Therefore, the school is now looking forward to expanding their teaching resources and providing more books for students to help them improve their knowledge about science, history etc.

The Atlas Copco employee representatives talked with many of the students directly to know more details about their difficulties in respect of study and life in general. Na Fen said 'She likes the new school and enjoys the education here although she needs to walk one and a half hour everyday from home'. The parents of Wu Na said 'They are very thankful for what has been done to improve their children’s education. They are happy that their children can enjoy the school time in a better condition which they could not imagine before.' The children are excited about the new school.
 
The local Yi community has spoken highly of the new school ‘It is the best primary school now in Liangshan prefecture’.



For further information, please contact:
Magnus Gyllo
Vice President
Atlas Copco (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Phone: +86 21 2208 4800

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2010, Atlas Copco had about 33 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 70 (BEUR 7.3). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.