Seplat Petroleum Development Company has launched an educational programme targeted at upskilling secondary school teachers, particularly in its host area.
Tagged SEPLAT Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP), the initiative aims to promote teacher’s creative thinking, allow for higher student engagement, and offer a well-rounded education for recipients of the programme.
The maiden STEP made its debut in Benin City, Edo State, lasting five days for the first phase. The five-day residential workshop introductory phase kicks off a six-month programme specially designed for teachers providing them training on teaching applications for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), as well as leadership and self-improvement training.
Seplat in a statement on Friday, says the training continues online over six months with teachers receiving customized training modules on efficient pedagogical methods for STEAM education, as well as leadership and self-improvement training.
The independent oil company said an Online Teachers Resource Centre which provides the teachers access to inclusive learnings highlighting best techniques and practices for implementing STEAM teaching methods and assists teachers to learn to use such methods in the classrooms, has bn created.
“The e-Platform will provide and connect teachers to a collection of STEAM resources to enable them to understand, teach and demonstrate effectively to their students. Seplat supports the teachers with the provision of electronic devices and internet data for the period of training,” the statement informed.
According to the General Manager, External Affairs and Communications, SEPLAT, Dr Chioma Nwachuku, a total of 100 teachers and 43 Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs) drawn from Edo and Delta States are benefitting from this maiden edition.
’’Seplat is delighted with the invaluable role the Company is playing with enhancing the quality of education with the many educational programmes offered through the Company’s CSR initiatives. With the STEP programme, the company now has a full boutique of programmes to address the entire education value chain. Our programmes now cover improving school infrastructure, enhancing academic performance of students and building the skills and competencies of Teachers,’’ Nwachuku said.
The Company recently concluded another flagship educational programme, Seplat PEARLs Quiz, which had 574 participating schools drawn from Edo and Delta States. The competition aims to promote and reward academic excellence amongst Secondary School students.
The Seplat Chief Executive Officer, Roger Brown, said the company has invested significantly in various educational Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes which support Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 4, because of its strong belief that education is the bedrock for national growth.
“Worldwide, having a team of competent teachers is a critical success factor for achieving quality education. Our STEP programme, therefore, aims to enhance teachers’ competencies and empower them with the knowledge and skills to deploy STEAM education, amongst other benefits,” Brown said.
The Rt Hon. Marcus Onobun, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, commended NPDC and SEPLAT for investing in the STEP initiative, saying the move would not only impact the 100 teachers and 43 Chief Inspectors of Education, but will go a long way to advance the fortunes of Edo and Delta State children, expose them to contemporary developments and make them globally competitive.