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Spreading education in Ghana

The project contributes to the long-term improvement of learning for children in Sanzule, Krisan, Bakanta and Eikwe, in the Western Region.

New schools and qualified teachers

In December 2018, Eni Ghana launched an initiative in education in collaboration with an NGO, Lead for Ghana (LFG), formerly Teach for Ghana, to help improve education standards at public Primary and Junior High schools in our host communities: Old and New Bakanta, Sanzule, Krisan and Eikwe, in the Western region of Ghana. The project centers on placing "fellows/alumni" as teachers into the targeted schools. Prior to fellow placement, a well-structured, non-biased selection and training process took place from January 2019 to August 2019 by LFG. These “fellows/alumni” are young university graduates who will assist local teachers for two academic years (September 2019 to July 2021) to help improve teaching and learning outcomes.

We currently have more than 1,300 pupils and more than 20 teachers on board on this project as beneficiaries.

Another wing of this project is the direct training of twenty-four teachers and head teachers on a termly basis. These Professional Development sessions help improve the pedagogical skills of teachers, classroom leadership and other important teaching and learning methods.

Lead for Ghana selects and trains young graduates and professionals to support the teachers in improving the educational standards in schools. For our project, they chose eight graduates in science, art, engineering, English and other subjects, and gave them a solid grounding in general teaching, specialist teaching, educational leadership, and professional conduct. At the end of the course, the young teachers moved to the Western region and they are now assisting teachers, and sharing the particular set of skills and teaching methods they have learned.

With this project as a pilot, a further and wider-reaching project will be launched, to enhance public Primary and Junior High schools standards in the 10 communities which are part of the area of influence of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project, positively impacting more students and teachers.

A project looking to the future: photo gallery

In collaboration with the NGO Lead for Ghana (LFG, formerly Teach for Ghana), we are helping to improve educational standards in state primary and secondary schools in the country’s Western Region, through the selection and training of young teachers.

I love seeing that look on children’s faces when they finally realize their worth. I want to be a driving force in helping children to change their life trajectories. This project gives me the opportunity to achieve that goal.

Hikimatu Sulemana, project fellow

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It includes 17 goals for socio-economic development of communities and local areas. In line with the fourth goal, through our joint initiatives with Teach for Ghana we are giving "inclusive and equitable quality education and [...] learning opportunities" (Goal 4). Moreover, we cooperate in achieving the goal of ending poverty (Goal 1) and we contribute to the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for people (Goal 8).

New teachers for the West Region: photo gallery

The teachers responsible for supporting pupils' learning at the schools in Sanzule, Krisan, Bakanta and Eikwe are aware that education is the most effective tool for improving people's living conditions in the long term.

I'm an ardent believer of the great Nelson Mandela's quote "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". I see a lot of injustices and inequities in our educational system, which requires a group of young individuals to help change this narrative

Nana Yaa Akyiaa, project fellow

Partnerships

For developing and launching this project, we have collaborated with the NGO Lead for Ghana. The initiative forms part of the Quick Impact Projects that Eni Ghana, in partnership with Vitol and GNPC and in its capacity of operator of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP), developed with the communities that live near the OCTP’s Onshore Receiving Facility.

Over the last months I have learnt a great deal about the culture here. Taking cognisance of how culture shapes and influences mindsets, I am able to better understand my students and also, the community I live in.

Lord Bobbie Holali, project fellow

Safety first

We believe that workplace safety is a fundamental principle and we share it with employees, contract workers and local communities. That is why we implement all the necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risks, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety.