A few days ago ended Eni’s project that gave the opportunity to 225 worthy Kazakh students, all winners of prizes in different fields (musical, artistic, sports…) and from low-income families, to visit the EXPO2017 in Astana, the city and its universities.
The program involved 9 groups, each consisting of 25 students of 15-16 year old, from the three regions/Oblast where Eni operates (WKO-West Kazakhstan Region, Atyrau and Mangistau).
Each group of teenagers was accompanied in a 3-day visit by two representatives of the Regional Departments of Education. Countless where the emotions experienced by the students, beginning with the plane trip, which for many was their first.
Safety always in first place: to welcome the kids, a briefing on the safety rules to be respected throughout the stay.
The kids started this experience with a visit to Eni's offices. Here they got to have a close look on the world of Oil & Gas. Videos on Eni's activities in Kazakhstan and worldwide and on sustainability for the company were projected. Many discussions were held on various issues related to the business, such as those dealt with at the EXPO2017 on the future of energy. The students had a lot of questions about a possible career in the field: which universities to select, what are the possible professional careers in the company and which were the paths undertaken by Eni's managers.
During the visit to the EXPO2017, inaugurated last June 10 and focused on the energy of the future, the students visited several pavilions. Many key issues addressed in the socio-economic sphere: the promotion of renewable energy and alternative energies, energy efficiency and responsible consumption, electrification of transport, universal access to clean energy and energy security. Environmental issues relate in particular to fossil energy resources, limited and highly polluting in their use as a primary source of electric energy, global warming and climate change, pollution and its health risks, reduction in fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Students have been particularly interested in learning about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The teenagers also had a chance to visit many attractions in the city of Astana: the National State Museum, the Baiterek Monument, the recreation Center Duman, the Hazret Sultan Mosque, the Cirque du Soleil and Astana Opera Theatre (that now it’s hosting the "Teatro alla Scala Tour", sponsored by Eni, for more info) with excursion and concert. To complete the tour in the capital, the students were led to see the three main Kazak Universities: the Nazarbayev University, the Eurasian University and the KAZGUU (Kazakhstan Humanitarian Law University).