International Independent Oil Company, Tullow, has renewed its commitment to supporting science and mathematics education in the country by hosting its maiden STEM Share fair.
The fair seeks to build capacity and skills acquisition in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from the basic level to tertiary level to support Ghana’s national development agenda.
Speaking to JoyBusiness at the launch of the fair, Social Performance Manager at Tullow Ghana, Fiifi Enchile, said his outfit is committed to investing some more funds to STEM education as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
“We want to bridge the gap and ensure that our people also get a lot more into engineering and science education so that we can have innovations, we can have other things that help the country because as we train engineers, obviously as an oil and gas company, we also get to benefit with our local content needs and ensuring that we have a lot more Nationals in the Oil and Gas industry.” He said.
The Tullow STEM Share Fair is a strategic support for Government’s Free SHS Policy to improve quality education in Ghana having deployed into infrastructure development a total of 20 classroom blocks and dormitories to be constructed with 10 million dollars over 5 years in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. Under the initiative, more than 150 tertiary students will benefit from graduate and post-graduate STEM Scholarships.
Over the past 10 years, the oil exploration firm, Tullow Ghana has invested more than $30 million to support institutions which seek to train, mentor and build the capacity of the youth to make them active agents of socio-economic change in the field of technology and engineering.
The 2019 STEM Share Fair allowed some institutions to share their success stories and the strides they continue to make in encouraging sterling initiatives and ownership by young people to provide ideas and practical solutions to foster development and growth in the country.
In all, 5 institutions including Sabre Charitable Education Trust, Youth Bridge Foundation, Africa Science Academy, Right to Dream and Field Ready took turns to share their achievements with support from Tullow.
The maiden STEM Share fair had partner representation from Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Kosmos Energy, ENI Ghana, Ghana Oil Company, Ghana National Gas Company, Halliburton Ghana, Technip FMC, Sunsea 7, Amaja Oilfield Limited, Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes, Rigworld and Modec Ghana. Also present were representatives from the Petroleum Commission and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.