In providing the means to enable a growing number
of children around the world to reach class, public
transport plays an important daily role in helping
make the right to education a reality for all. This
issue is one to which the women and men of
TRANSDEV are particularly sensitive.
In transporting billions of travellers throughout the world, they are well placed to observe that in both the city and the countryside, lack of mobility remains a key source of inequality,
denying some access to essential services and goods.
With their sense of public interest, our employees are acutely aware that their mission goes
well beyond simply “transporting passengers”. We look to them to go further, to perform
their profession with the maximum emphasis on safety, efficiency and comfort. This is
especially so when it comes to taking care of schoolchildren: supporting children is an act
of commitment, shared by the public authority who organizes the community school bus service and the operator responsible for its implementation.
In addition to providing efficient solutions for mobility, public transport networks also foster
a spirit of civility. In facilitating the act of living together in communities, public transport
networks reinforce societal bonds. In connecting regions, they reduce zones of exclusion
and build new connections between people. They thus contribute to reducing divisions and
inequality in society – helping to make better the world that we will bequeath to our children.
Local elected officials are well aware of these stakes regarding the organization of mobility.
All social progress begins with education. Whether it is the children of Casablanca who work two to three hours daily or the Alaskan schoolchildren able to confront the coldest winters,
each of these students who arrive at their school are recalled to us through this book. On their behalf and on behalf of all their fellow learners, I am proud to support a project that will, I hope, serve to advance the cause of our children throughout the world.
Chairman and CEO of TRANSDEV.