How we contribute to education and training in Italy and across the world

Energy for Education is a photographic volume that tells the projects for access to education developed in some of the Countries with which we have a long history of friendship and collaboration.

Education is the key to living completely in the present and shaping the future, an economic driver for countries, enabling individuals to rise above their native environment, and communities to overcome social, economic and geographic barriers to development.

According to Unicef, more than 600 million children and adolescents fail to reach the minimum levels of education. Although significant progress has been made in terms of universal access to primary education, there are still millions of children in the world who have been left behind.

Energy for Education

A new photographic journey through 12 Countries. A picture story of Eni projects and initiatives for universal access to quality education and training.

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The photographs in this publication aim to share the way that Eni looks upon education and training as tools for human, economic and social growth.

Claudio Descalzi - Eni CEO

Projects and beneficiaries of a multidimensional inclusive education model

In line with SDG 4 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” we propose an inclusive and holistic model of education to benefit children, adolescents and young adults.

Our educational projects are developed in cooperation with the national governments and their ministerial plans and, according to the priorities they set, may include different levels of education:

  • primary and secondary school education
  • university and higher education
  • technical and vocational training
  • educational and awareness-raising initiatives

As we show in this book and in the 2022 Eni Sustainability Report, our initiatives range from providing school supplies to strengthening teachers’ teaching skills, such as in the Côte d'Ivoire and Indonesia. In some Countries we renovate schools, such as in Mozambique, in the Republic of Congo, in Mexico, in Ghana and in Tunisia or we improve energy efficiency through the use of solar technology like in Kazakhstan; in others, we build buildings from scratch, such as in Iraq and in Nigeria, where we promoted the transfer of innovative agricultural skills. At the heart of our programmes are technical and vocational courses and higher education courses whereby we introduce young adults to the world of energy and the job opportunities related to the energy transition. In Egypt, for example, we opened a school offering 5 different specialisations in energy and technology.

Lastly, education is at the heart of our corporate culture. In the early days, there was the Scuola Mattei, a hotbed of energy-related knowledge for the new ruling classes, which has now become the heart of an annual course of excellence, whose focus has opened up to include environmental issues. Then came Eniscuola, established in the late 1980s to bring young people closer to energy-related issues, a project that has evolved along with the sector, increasingly expanding its outlook to include sustainability and the circular economy. In line with this, in 2001 we launched Eni Corporate University (ECU), an entity devoted entirely to professional training; a comprehensive project that looks to Italy and abroad, embracing the Countries where we are present to train the future of energy: long-standing colleagues, new recruits and partners, in order to create a common corporate culture.

Find out more about our work by visiting the Eni worldwide section.


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