Global Education Programme

From ship to shore

DP World has developed an innovative Global Education Programme for employees to deliver in local schools as part of their volunteering leave. Working with a specialist agency and consulting with teachers, the content covers a wide range of topics to engage young people in trade and logistics, a little-known and often overlooked part of the global economy.

Our pioneering programme aims to boost the skills, aspirations and confidence of young people in the communities where we operate, raising awareness about the maritime sector, trade and logistics, and related career options. It also aims to develop a talent pipeline of future employees in our business and within our higher education programmes.

The programme is designed to be easy for employees to deliver as part of their volunteering leave. Modules come with lesson plans, guidance and delivery notes, student activities and worksheets – everything our people need to help deliver an inspiring session to young students in their community. Employees can choose to deliver the modules which best suits their role and experience. Delivery of the programme builds our people’s soft skills, and enhances their personal development.

As a leader in global trade and logistics, it is important to ensure that our people and our resources support education, and that we raise awareness of trade and its role in everyone’s lives.

This programme sits within our sustainability commitments to invest in our people and ensure vibrant, resilient and secure societies where we operate. We are proud of this leading education programme which we expect to make a genuine impact and create lasting change.

The programme aims to reach out to 34,000 young people (8-14yrs) by 2020 with a target of 70% reporting a positive impact. Watch our video here.

Pupil aged 8-11 said:

“My favourite thing was seeing all the different containers that DP World have and seeing the banana smash.”

Pupil aged 12-14 said:

“I enjoyed learning that there are different levels you can get into the company and you can move up.”


DP World Employee, DP World Head Office, UAE said:

“Education is critical to the future success of our communities. Through education and teaching young people about trade, we can encourage more young people to get involved in the industry.”


Our modules cover

  • Location, location, location – exploring which geographical features make a good location for a new port
  • Which port am I? – encouraging an understanding that ports help global trade by linking countries around the world
  • Maritime maths – using simple maths to explain how a container ship is loaded safely
  • Correct containers – generating an understanding of how goods are traded between countries around the world
  • Super saver – exploring how maths helps to improve the efficiency of container transport
  • Go green – promoting understanding of how ports and shipping can be sustainable, and what sustainability means
  • Ports at work – learning about different jobs which help a port to function well
  • Supplying the demand – understanding why it takes using maths and geography to move goods around the world
  • United for Wildlife: learning about illegal wildlife trade and understanding ways to tackle it
Why education?


Global education needs are urgent, particularly in priority areas and developing economies where we have a presence.

The case is clear. 250 million children cannot read or write, despite being in school; 130 million cannot read or write even after spending more than four years at school. 67.4 million children who are out of school are likely to encounter great difficulties in the future, as deficient or non-existent basic education is the root cause of illiteracy.*

DP World’s Education Programme is part of our approach to address the need for better educational standards internationally. It includes materials which support the curriculum subjects of geography, mathematics, design and technology. Our modules are designed to improve specific skills, such as numeracy, as well as encouraging children to think laterally and explore new subject areas such as sustainability and careers in the maritime industry. The programme itself helps to support our people’s personal and professional development.

* According to UNESCO’s Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2014