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Six Anambra schools benefit from oil, gas education intervention programme

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NOT less than six schools in Anambra are beneficiaries of Oil and Gas Nigeria Ltd. Education Intervention programme.

 The six schools received the education materials at the Jerome Udoji State Secretariat Complex, Awka.

 The materials were distributed to the schools after a three-day workshop on Basic ICT components and classroom ethics organised by Oil and Gas Nigeria Ltd. in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic Education, Awka.

 The main objective of the workshop was to equip the teachers with relevant skills needed to effectively apply the donated items in their schools.

 Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha, while flagging-off the distribution of the materials enjoined the recipients to make judicious use of the items for educational purposes in order to drive home Gov. Willie Obiano’s mandate of `Umu Akwukwo Anambra’ receiving value-based education.

 Prof. Omenugha noted that when she initiated the drive to get no fewer than 10,000 Anambra State teachers to be ICT-compliant, many were not comfortable with the idea.

  She said that time had proved her right as the world was now leaning more toward online teaching.

  According to the commissioner, technology may not replace teachers but teachers who are technology-compliant will replace those who are not.

 The commissioner then enjoined teachers in the state to avail themselves of training to continuously update their skills and knowledge, knowing that the standards of the students under their care could never be higher than those of their teachers.

 Earlier, Chairman of Oil and Gas Ltd., Chief Reggie Uduhiri, who was represented by Mrs Fummi Amodu, observed that materials were donated by the company with its 140 joint partners in the Oil and

Mining Lease (OML).

  He noted that OML had worked to support the Nigerian education sector through donation of education materials and provision of teacher training programmes.

 According to him, what we are seeing today is a reflection of our belief that education and skills acquisition are pivotal to sustainable development of a country.

 In his own remarks, the Director of Deep Waters and PSC Star Ultra Petroleum Ltd. represented by Mr Aitokheui urged the teachers to use the materials to positively impact the academic performance of the young people and enhance the growth of entrepreneurship for the sustainable development of the country.

“Assisting the government to provide quality education and manpower is part of our social responsibility as a company toward improving the quality of

education and capacity-building of teachers,” he added.

  The schools that benefited from the programme in Anambra State are Boys Secondary School, Oraifite, Mater Amabilis Secondary School, Umuoji, Cave City Secondary School, Ogbunike, Community Secondary School, Nnobi, State Model School, Iyiagu (Awka) and Community Secondary School,Ekwulu-mili, Nnewi,

  Reacting, the principal of one of the benefiting schools, Mrs Anastasia Emecheta expressed her joy, saying that she never knew her school would be one of the beneficiaries, considering the rural location of the school.

 She said that this was a pointer to the educational policy of the state that no child in Anambra would be deprived of quality education irrespective where the school was located.

 She pledged to effectively deploy the materials for effective value-based education to take place.

  Some of the items donated are computer sets, science laboratory equipment, scanning machines, laptops, whiteboards and other ICT accessories.

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