Seplat Energy Plc has commenced the 3rd edition of its Seplat Teachers Empowerment Program (STEP) in Benin City, Edo State, with a total of 300 teachers from both Edo and Delta states.

Launched in 2022, the STEP initiative aims to foster teachers’ creative thinking, enable greater student engagement, and provide a well-rounded education to program recipients.

The program empowers teachers by providing them with resources to support the delivery of quality education in the host countries of Seplat Energy, Edo and Delta State.

In a statement, Seplat said the official kick-off of this year’s edition was preceded by a four-day residential workshop that provided leadership, self-improvement introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) training and its application. to teach.

This year, 905 teachers wrote the online qualification test, and 300 teachers from both states qualified for the 4-day residential training, and the training that was a huge success will continue online for another 3 months.

In her opening speech, Dr. Chioma Nwachuku, Director of External Relations and Sustainability of Seplat Energy, represented by Joseph Ofili, Business Relations Manager, that Seplat Energy, in collaboration with its joint venture partners, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, decided to to enable teachers to provide a better educational platform for students who are the future leaders.

“The initiative aims to stimulate creative thinking; problem solving ability; produce teacher-pupil engagement and educated students,” she said, adding that this year’s edition empowers 300 teachers from 90 qualifying schools in the states of Edo and Delta, as well as chief inspectors of education in the states and key ministry personnel. education to ensure effective implementation of the program,” she said.

She further stated that the participant was split between 75 percent public sector and 25 percent private sector, explaining that all participants had been given electronic devices and internet data to continue the online training for the next three months.

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dr. Nwachuku noted that the success of the program was largely attributed to the support received from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as from Seplat Energy’s JV partner Nigerian Exploration and Production Ltd (NEPL), formally Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd.

In response to the opening remarks, the Edo State Commissioner for Education, Ms. Joan Osa Oviawe, praised Seplat Energy for the STEP initiative, which she described as a transformative training program. She also praised the quality and robustness of the courses offered and urged teachers to share the lessons learned from the program with their colleagues who could not be part of it. She also encouraged teachers to ensure that their schools and students benefit from the additional knowledge they have received from the STEP initiative.

Ms Oviawe summed up some of the immediate positive effects of the STEP initiative and stated that the committee will engage the STEP beneficiaries as Master Trainers to facilitate the planned digital learning training program for Edo State educators, launched by the government of the state of Edo is being set up as part of its education programme. reform program- “Edo Best 2.0”

Ms. Oviawe further reiterated the Edo State Ministry of Education’s commitment to continue working with Seplat Energy and other agencies in realizing the transformative CSR initiative.

Also at the event, Delta State Commissioner for Secondary Education, Ms. Rose Ezewu, represented by Ms. Clementina Ojuma, Director of the Schools Department, the Delta State Ministry of Education, praised the efforts of Seplat Energy and NPDC “for the determination to continued its civic responsibilities to its host countries, which over time have supported quality education in the states of Edo and Delta.”

She said: “You have been carefully selected for this training, which is an unusual opportunity for you to gain knowledge and be equipped with skills and tools in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, commonly known as STEAM “. She noted that Delta State had witnessed an increase in student participation in local and state science and technology competitions since the launch of the STEP initiative, while encouraging teachers to ensure their schools and students benefit. of their lessons.

In the past two editions, Seplat Energy has authorized 363 individuals (including 49 Chief Inspectors of Education). The Ministry of Education of both Delta and Edo state is very excited about the program because of the multiplier effect it had and will continue to have in secondary education. Both states have therefore continued to commend Seplat Energy for this achievement, while expressing their unwavering support for the program.

Seplat Energy Plc is a leading independent energy company in Nigeria, listed on both the Nigerian Exchange Limited and the London Stock Exchange.

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