Eni Iraq, the Basra governorate, the Basra Oil Company and representatives of the Zubair District reached a preliminary agreement at a meeting on July 20th, 2017 aimed at improving academic standards among young people in the Zubair District of Iraq’s Basra Province.
The accord forms part of the ‘Cooperation Model’, a cornerstone of global energy provider Eni’s strategy in Iraq, and will focus on improving primary and secondary education standards in the area.
Under the title ‘Building the Human Before Building The Nation’, Eni proposed an education strategy that will run from 2017-2022 and focus on projects aimed at improving the Zubair District’s school infrastructure as well as student’s academic and vocational education levels.
Projects will include the refurbishment of 50 existing schools as well as completing construction on 27 new schools in the Zubair District. Another area of focus will be a development program for teachers as well as implementing higher professional standards across the education sector. All of these schemes will be managed under the Social Welfare Joint Committee, as per established Governance.
The strategy proposed by Eni has been formulated to address both the Zubair District’s
immediate education requirements as well as provide a longer-term stimulus that will
help build a knowledge-based economy in southern Iraq. The strategy is also in
line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on the Quality of Education: “Ensure
inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”.
The meeting was enlivened by the presence of 40 children of Eni Iraq/Zfod employees who were invited to attend as part of the second Energy and Environment Day organized by Eni Iraq at the Life Support Camp in the Zubair field. Aimed at inspiring the future generation, the children enjoyed interactive play focused on different forms of energy and the impact they have on the environment at large and their daily landscapes.
Since 2009, when it began operating in the most challenging of contexts, Eni Iraq and its national counterpart have more than doubled its output, from 180,000, to the current 450,000 bopd. In addition, water injection rose from zero to over 450,000 bwpd ensuring the maximum recovery of reserves. The significant achievements were obtained through excellent performance in terms of safety at work, respect for the environment and improvement of the skills of the Iraqi work force.