The vision of the Comino Foundation is of a Britain in which people are equipped and motivated to live fulfilling and purposeful lives and therefore contribute to sustaining a prosperous and responsible society.
The Comino Foundation is a registered UK charity, founded in 1971 by the engineer, inventor and industrialist Dimitri Comino OBE and his daughter Anna. Dimitri was convinced that more people could “solve problems and get results” if they understood the process of achievement. He was keen to develop that understanding throughout the UK education system and was committed to changing British attitudes to industry, particularly manufacturing.
The Foundation looks for better ways of developing young people’s capabilities, their capacity and desire to make things happen – their zest and appetite to learn, to create, to change things for the better, for themselves and others. It encourages and supports innovative ventures designed to enable people to function effectively and to thrive. It embraces the quotation by Socrates – ‘Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel’.
Social opportunity – which to the Foundation means finding approaches/initiatives which help young people, whatever their background, to live fulfilling and productive lives in whatever ways have meaning and value for them
Personal capabilities – developing approaches which enhance young people’s personal capacity to cope with the demands of growing up and with adult life
Improving practical capability – especially that which relates to designing and making, to innovation and to manufacturing.