Quality education is the basis for improving people's lives and achieving sustainable development.
We contribute to improving access to education in the countries where we operate in collaboration with the local authorities.
In recent years, access to education on every level and the number of school enrolments on an international level, especially for women and girls, have increased dramatically, achieving great results in part due to the Millennium Development Goals. The base level of literacy has improved significantly, however we are aware that we need to redouble our efforts globally to reach universal education as outlined in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
We promote numerous awareness raising activities on the important role education plays as a driver for a better future and for the cultivation of a society that is both informed and inclusive, from Italy to Mozambique. Furthermore, we provide training courses for local resources of affiliates, for example:
In Italy, as a part of the agreement among Eni, the Ministry of Education (MIUR) and the Ministry of Labour (MLPS), school-work alternation and first-level apprenticeship activities continued in 2018, including at Gela. The objective of these activities was to bring young people closer to the world of work, strengthening their technical and professional skills and preventing them from dropping out of school. Overall, about 8,000 students were involved in school-work alternation activities in the 2016-2018 three-year period.
In Mozambique, Eni launched several training projects, such as “Aprendemos Brincando”, in cooperation with the provincial education directorate, the municipality of Pemba and representatives from the community. In Iraq, we promoted the "Life Skills Training Through Basket – Girls' Empowerment" project with the goal of using sport to promote women's empowerment, teamwork and self-esteem.
In 1957, on the initiative of Enrico Mattei, the School of Higher Studies on Hydrocarbons was born, renamed, in 1969, the "Enrico Mattei" School, in memory of its founder. Since its foundation, it has trained over 2,900 graduates, of which 57% came from 110 countries around the world. Since December 2001 the School has become part of Eni Corporate University, founded in the same year to attract and recruit people of value and take care of their education.
Eni's commitment to education manifests itself in programmes developed in close collaboration with the local communities and authorities to promote and improve access to education. These programmes contribute directly to guaranteeing that future generations have a sound knowledge base. We believe we are responsible for building schools, primary and secondary education projects, professional training, teacher training and the provision of university scholarships. Getting the families and communities involved is fundamental for achieving acceptable objectives.
ANTÒNIO GUTERRES, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS
The Light project in Dadab comes to life in 2015. Its goal is to help young people access education and improve the quality of sustainable energy supply. Today, four years after the start of the project, there are many schools where energy arrives, allowing the youngest to study profitably, involving a pool of about 10,000 people.