International education initiatives

Education ranks as one of the most important policy issues to improve global economic development. We work to ensure that access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is made widely available.

Article Aug. 30, 2018

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International education initiatives

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.

Qatar

In recent years, ExxonMobil Qatar has focused its community outreach programs on educational development in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to propel Qatar forward by balancing economic growth with the well-being of people and natural resources. One such effort is ExxonMobil’s partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and Qatar University’s National Center for Educator Development.

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. Participating teachers are selected by Qatar University and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education based on their qualifications and commitment to participate in the Academy.

Since its establishment in 2012, more than 340 of Qatar’s science and math teachers have benefited from the Academy. These teachers have gone on to affect more than 8,200 students in Qatar’s independent schools, deepening their knowledge of math and science and improving the education field.

Europe

The European Sci-Tech Challenge is an annual program sponsored by ExxonMobil and run in partnership with Junior Achievement Europe. This innovative program encourages 15- to 18-year old students to think in practical ways about the energy issues they will face in the future. Participating countries are Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the UK.

Since 2009, more than 1,500 ExxonMobil volunteers have worked with approximately 55,000 Sci-Tech Challenge students to provide them with hands-on experiences solving real-world business and energy-related challenges through the application of STEM skills. Following their experience in the program, 45 percent of participants consider STEM-oriented education and careers.

JA-Europe Sci-Tech Challenge winners
Junior Achievement (JA) Europe Sci-Tech Challenge winners

Global

Teach For All is a global network of 48 independent, locally-led organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the network’s progress. Each network partner recruits and develops outstanding recent graduates and professionals to teach in their countries’ high-need schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential.

ExxonMobil’s partnership with Teach For All is designed to help the Teach For All network expand into new regions including Africa and the Middle East, and increase the number of teachers globally, including in Latin America.

ExxonMobil is also proud to be a founding partner of Teach For All’s Global STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, which enables Teach For All’s global organization to support network partners in providing specialized training for existing teachers in these critical fields and recruiting new STEM teachers.

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