Some primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State which had remained dilapidated for years have been renovated by ExxonMobil under its Academy for Educational Development (AED) school of Excellence project.
The four schools renovated are Government School, Ikot Edeghe, Mkpat Enin LGA, St. Patrickâ€™s School, Nto Ide, Obot Akara LGA, St. Paulâ€™s Primary School (CMEC), Afaha/Afia Nsit, Nsit Ibom LGA and Q.I.C. Secondary School, Ika Annang, Oruk Anam LGA.
In her remarks during one of the events at QIC Secondary School, IkaÂ Annang, the Executive Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Gloria EssienDanner said the Schools of Excellence was funded
byÂ ExxonMobil to help develop 20 disadvantaged schools in Akwa Ibom andÂ CrossÂ RiverÂ StatesÂ andÂ provide increased access to education for theÂ girl_child.
Essien_Danner, who was represented by Mr. Nigel Cookey_Gam,Â Manager, Media & Communications,Â disclosedÂ itÂ was implemented throughÂ AcademyÂ forÂ EducationÂ DevelopmentÂ (AED)Â as part of the Foundationâ€™sÂ WomenÂ EconomicÂ OpportunityÂ Initiative, (WEOI) .
This initiative, she further said, was aimed at ameliorating the economic and educational challenges facing the girl_child through the provision of scholarship, mentoring, teacherÂ training and materials, classroom furniture and infrastructure upgradeÂ in selected schools in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Dr. NseAbasi Akpan commended ExxonMobil forÂ its continuing support to the state in critical sectors as education andÂ health.Â Dr. Akpan, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in theÂ State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Mfon Ebienang, expressed delight atÂ the facelift the renovations have givenÂ the beneficiary schools.
Dr.Â Akpan said the efforts complement the state governmentâ€™s effortsÂ at revamping the educational system of the state, including the introduction of free and compulsory primary andÂ secondary education.
AEDâ€™sÂ Chief of Party and education specialist, Prof. Bienvenu Marcos inÂ Â hisÂ address thanked ExxonMobil Foundation for the financial support forÂ Â the implementation of the project.Â HeÂ highlighted some of theÂ Â achievementsÂ ofÂ SchoolsÂ ofÂ ExcellenceÂ Project in Akwa Ibom State which includeÂ renovationÂ of fourÂ schools, award of scholarship program to 389Â Â pupilsÂ and students, training of 161 teachers, head teachers and schoolÂ Â inspectorsÂ on active pedagogy and gender sensitive approaches, trainingÂ Â ofÂ 20Â femaleÂ teachers, threeÂ mentorÂ coordinatorsÂ and mentoring of 500Â students.
ExxonMobilÂ FoundationÂ isÂ theÂ primaryÂ philanthropic arm of the Exxon, â€˜MobilÂ CorporationÂ inÂ theÂ United States.Â The Corporation through theÂ Â Foundation engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advanceÂ Â education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil hasÂ Â significant operations.