In September 2022 Eni Côte d'Ivoire started a project designed to promote access to quality education and contribute to improved learning for the students of 20 state primary schools located in Port-Bouët (Abidjan) and in the region of Sud-Comoé, the areas that are found inside the Area of Influence of the Baleine Phase 1 development. The planned activities consist of an intervention in the school context and a strengthening of teachers' teaching skills and teaching effectiveness. The 20 schools will be upgraded to provide access to basic services, such as water, electricity and sanitation, and to ensure an appropriate, healthy and safe environment. The project also includes supplying school material, organising remedial courses, promoting education in communities by involving families and strengthening teachers' skills and supervision by ministerial bodies.
The initiative's goals
The project will reach 8,500 primary school students, 120 teachers and 2,000 parents over three years and it will support the work of 11 Ministry of Education departments and 24 educational advisors. In 2022, 645 students had already received new school material, and on 15 December renovation works in the first 10 schools were inaugurated in a ceremony in the presence of the Ministry of National Education and Literacy. In 2023, the upgrading work will be completed in all 20 schools. The initiative is particularly important in a context where more than 70% of primary school students in the country currently acquire less than half of the basic skills required by the school model. In addition, as a result of population growth and of the introduction of a compulsory schooling policy in 2015, primary school enrolment rates have grown exponentially, causing an overcrowding of school facilities.
The project in figures
state primary schools upgraded and equipped with school supplies
students benefiting from the project
teachers undergoing training
sanitary kits handed out
hygiene awareness campaigns conducted
school material kits delivered
Professional Training and Capacity Building
Capacity building is a priority for Eni in all the contexts in which it operates. This is why in December 2021 Eni Côte d'Ivoire signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet-Boigny (INP HB) and Eni Corporate University, with the aim of co-developing vocational training courses for local students and professionals.
The agreement involves developing and carrying out three editions of two annual Master's courses focusing on the upstream and downstream sectors at the INP HB's facilities in Yamoussoukro.
A further agreement was signed to develop technical training for FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading) maintenance and production for 40 local students, and it is currently in progress.
Finally, during the course of 2023 Eni will offer four scholarships for talented local students to participate in an Eni-sponsored master's programme, in addition to supporting further capacity building activities for its local partners.