The lead operator of the country’s two premier oil fields — Jubilee and TEN — Tullow Oil Ghana, has announced a $10-million support for the free senior high school (SHS) educational programme.
“We are currently working to design a new initiative to invest $10 million over the next five years to support the important programme to provide free senior high school education for all,” the Board Chairperson of Tullow, Ms Dorothy Thompson, said.
Speaking at the board’s engagement with stakeholders in Accra, she said the financial support was to enhance the delivery of the free SHS programme and help in addressing some of the infrastructural challenges for the success of the initiative.
She said the company, which had been a proud contractor to the country for the past decade, hoped to build on the strong foundation and support the government to achieve greater economic resilience and prosperity for the people.
Tullow, Ms Thompson said, had been investing in many social projects over the years, which were positively impacting a cross-section of Ghanaians in the areas of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), capacity building, enterprise development, shared infrastructure and environmental interventions.
Such social investments, she said, were estimated to have directly impacted more than 240,000 Ghanaians across the country.
The board chairperson said Tullow was proudly supporting the African Science Academy, the only girls’ centre of excellence for science and mathematics education in Africa, which was inaugurated last year.
That, she stated, also aligned perfectly with the government’s aim to deliver free senior high schooling to its people.
Under the project, she said, girls completed the study of mathematics, further mathematics, and physics at the A-Level in 10 months, instead of two years, with the aim of top quality performance, compared with UK secondary school performance.
This year, she said, one of the academy’s students received the best-ever A-Level mathematics and further mathematics results in the country.
At the academy, Ms. Thompson said, many of the young women who graduated were from disadvantaged backgrounds and were given scholarships to study in leading universities to build the STEM talent base in Africa.
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