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SPDC Sponsors Digital Learning Programme for Nigerian Schools

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC Joint Venture) has co-sponsored an interactive web-based programme, which facilitates the teaching and learning of Mathematics and other science subjects in Nigerian Secondary Schools. The SkooolNg programme is mapped to the national curriculum for the teaching and learning of science subjects; teachers and students can log on to the website and familiarise themselves with study notes, examination guides among other digital materials.

The curricula for Junior Secondary School and Senior Secondary School are covered; there is also a section where parents can log on to acquaint themselves with the school curriculum and support the development of their children and wards. 

The website www.skooolnigeria.com was officially launched in Abuja on the 21st of October 2008. SPDC teamed up with the Education Trust Fund to sponsor the Nigerian adaptation of the programme; Intel Corporation developed it worldwide.

SPDC social performance manager Emeka Obi said: “Science subjects are key to the development of any nation, but, as we know, many students dread these subjects. SkooolNg gives teachers and students the chance to address this challenge and learn at their own pace.”

SPDC signed a partnership with Intel in 2006 to “develop, localise, and deploy” the digital learning programme. As part of efforts to embed the programme, two secondary schools in the Niger Delta have been selected for pilot implementation. The required infrastructure, including computer room, furniture and Internet connection, have been provided in one of the institutions, Nembe National Grammar School in Bayelsa State. Training of teachers and students is in progress, and the system is expected to go live in July this year. Similar work will follow in another secondary school in Rivers State.

Emeka said: “We will handover the pilot schools to the respective ministries of education and hope that other states will follow the example.”

Corporate Affairs Manager Intel West Africa, Olubunmi Ekundare said: “Intel is proud to partner with SPDC and the Education Trust Fund both of which have sponsored the programme thereby making it free and accessible to Nigerian students.”

The SPDC Joint Venture began supporting education in Nigeria since the 1960s through university scholarships awards to deserving Nigerians. At present, it offers an average of 2,730 post-primary scholarships to beneficiaries in the nine Niger Delta states, out of a nationwide total of 13,000 secondary and 2,000 university students. In addition, it constructs classroom blocks, builds schools and science laboratories and works with government agencies and NGOs to institute programmes which promote educational development in the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole.

The company also accepts sabbaticals and sponsors professorial chairs in various fields of study in seven Nigerian universities.