Over 350 teachers drawn from Edo and Delta States were trained by Seplat/NNPC E&P during the fourth edition of the Seplat/Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP) which held in Benin City.
The programme according to the organisers was to equip teachers with skills to effectively deliver knowledge to students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Seplat director, external affairs and sustainability, Chioma Afe, said STEAM was meant to improve self-awareness and knowledge in teachers.
“Beyond that, we want we want to re-orient our teachers, STEAM helps creativity. We can teach science to students creatively,” she said. She noted that the programme would enable teachers become advocates for their profession. The adviser, community relations, Mr. Owunari Levi who represented the managing director of NNPC E&P Limited, thanked Seplat for its support for sustained growth and progress of the company’s oil and gas exploration pursuits. “It is our pleasure as an organisation in partnership with SEPLAT to roll out the STEP Seplat Teachers Empowerment Programme for our host communities.
“This programme is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives designed to provide and build the capacity of teachers residing within the NNPC E&P Limited/SEPLAT operational communities.
“The CSR initiative aims to promote quality education in Nigeria through the training of secondary school Teachers in critical thinking, leadership and improving their competence to teach students through the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Methodology. Today marks the kick-off of the programme for the year 2023”, he said. One of the beneficiaries, Atsenuwa Beauty, said; “As I am here, I am better than I came”.