The World Bank has concluded education is a powerful driver of development and improved health, peace and stability. As a result, we award scholarships in developing nations and establish local partnerships with organizations that have close ties with a country’s educational system. The following examples are just three of many country-led education initiatives that ExxonMobil affiliates support. For additional information on these programs and other examples of our global corporate citizenship initiatives, please see the global stories section of our website.
ExxonMobil Egypt recently partnered with the Misr El-Kheir Foundation, a local NGO, and the Ministry of Education on a three-year initiative to create a new STEM education program at the Advanced Technical Industries School of Suez. The program’s goal is to create a higher-quality educational environment by enhancing teacher quality and providing a successful model of STEM education for schools.
ExxonMobil Egypt’s contribution helped with curricula development, capacity building of teachers and administrators in cooperation with training provided by the American University in Cairo, and funding for lab equipment. In the first academic year of the program (2013–2014), the school ranked first among vocational schools in Egypt, and of the 68 students enrolled in the program, nine won first place in the regional science competition and third place countrywide. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education plans to replicate the curricula in all vocational schools across Egypt.
The program is a real addition to us in the industrial education field and a breakthrough in the technical education field that Suez never experienced before.
Engineer Khaled Fahim, headmaster, Advanced Technical Industries School of Suez
ExxonMobil Qatar partnered with the National Center for Educator Development at Qatar University and the Supreme Education Council to pilot a program to help enhance teaching skills and motivate students to pursue careers in math and science. Now in its third year, the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a week-long training program aimed at enhancing teachers’ understanding of math and science content, facilitating student learning through problem solving and inquiry, and equipping teachers with interactive learning tools to support differentiated instruction. Since 2012, more than 120 teachers have taken part in the program, enhancing math and science education at more than 85 schools. The Academy, modeled after the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in the United States, has become a flagship community program in Qatar, and received positive recognition from senior levels of government.
Qatar has a responsibility to invest in the education needed to help develop people and communities, and foster the intellectual capacity required to address society’s future challenges. With our partner, ExxonMobil Qatar, we will continue to work together on projects such as the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to enhance educational excellence in science and mathematics, so that Qatar’s students can excel in leadership roles in Qatari society and the global workforce.
Dr. Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, president, Qatar University
ExxonMobil China affiliates partner with organizations such as Junior Achievement (JA) China to volunteer and organize events to educate children in local communities. In 2014, 24 volunteers from ExxonMobil China affiliates conducted a “Let’s Go Green” workshop for 120 children of migrant workers at Shanghai’s Tangwan Primary School in Minhang district, located near ExxonMobil’s Shanghai Technology Center. The innovative curriculum on sustainable city development and energy efficiency helped spark curiosity about new subjects the children had little or no exposure to previously. ExxonMobil employee volunteers also went to three universities to deliver “Career Go” workshops to university students. These programs are examples of how ExxonMobil and its affiliates continue our long-standing support of JA in multiple countries throughout the world.
We’re proud that 300 employees have donated more than 4,500 hours of volunteer service since 2010 to educate students who typically do not have access to such resources.
Teoh Song Ping, general manager, ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co., Ltd.