Better Education, Better Lives

DuPont News, September 10, 2012
Better Education, Better Lives


Literacy is an essential building block for peace and prosperity. For many, education can mean better jobs that provide more income – and that gives people the means to better address their personal and family needs for food security, energy and protection.

Worldwide, not all people have the same access to education. International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966, to highlight the significance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Here are some UNESCO statistics.

  • Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills worldwide.
  • One in five adults is still not literate.
  • Two-thirds of adults who are not literate are women.
  • The lowest adult literacy rates are in Arab States (63%), Sub-Saharan Africa (60%), and South and West Asia (59%).

Throughout our history, DuPont has promoted the value of education, supported broad access to education and led education reform. Here are a few examples:

  • At the request of then U.S. Vice President Thomas Jefferson, Pierre du Pont wrote National Education in the United States of America, which detailed the creation of a public school system and a national university.
  • In 1817, Pierre’s son, E.I. du Pont, established the Brandywine Manufacturers’ Sunday School, a non-sectarian primary school for teaching reading, writing and math to workers and their children.
  • During the 1960s, DuPont initiated education funding for the support of minority college students in the U.S. By 1974, the company targeted 20% of its total education funding for minority programs.

Today, DuPont supports education through a variety of programs with particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Learn more about DuPont’s historic commitment to education.