Pemba (Mozambique), 25 March 2021 – Eni Rovuma Basin, on behalf of the Area 4 partners – Eni, Exxon Mobil, CNPC, ENH, Galp and Kogas – handed over the new Kumilamba Primary School to the Pemba Municipal Council.
The school is located in the Paquitequete neighborhood of Pemba; rebuilt and fully equipped, includes eight classrooms, offices for teachers and staff, a library, and other utilities. The Kumilamba school will enable 1500 children to receive quality education and provides appropriate learning and working conditions for both students and staff.
The construction of this school is part of Eni Rovuma Basin’s Integrated Education Project, aimed at expanding education opportunities for children of the Paquitequete neighborhood. It contributes to the 2030 UN Development Agenda, by addressing Sustainable Development Goal 4 - quality education for all.
The President of Pemba Municipal Council, Mr Florete Simba Motarua, commented that “This new school, in this specific geographical point, will help us to educate the future generations of Pemba, Cabo Delgado and Mozambique. Competence is the key to independence, and because education is the most powerful tool in the world, we - as the Municipal Council - and our partners are providing this tool”.
Eni Rovuma Basin General Manager, Roberto Dall´Omo, stated that “Our vision with the Integrated Education Project is to turn schools into the main hubs of human and socio-economic development of the Paquitequete community.”
Besides the infrastructural component – consisting of the construction and equipment of this new primary school, a multipurpose sports field, and a canteen; the project also includes the installation of a photovoltaic system in the Kuparata school, and the rehabilitation and expansion of 2 kindergartens in Pemba. The project also focuses on human capital and nutrition. These are carried out with specific initiatives including training of teachers, educators and managers; promotion of extracurricular activities (sports, horticulture, poetry, theater, etc.) to reduce student dropout; scholarships for secondary, technical and vocational training; adult literacy; awareness campaigns on education, health, environment, and school snack provision.
The Integrated Education Project is developed in the framework of the Coral Sul project Sustainability Plan. Coral Sul Project will be the first project to put in production in 2022, Mozambique’s considerable gas resources. It is operated by Eni Rovuma Basin on behalf of the Area 4 partners, namely Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV, an incorporated joint venture owned by Eni, ExxonMobil and CNPC), Galp, KOGAS and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P.