Over 1,500 Omani schoolkids gain science, tech skills

Energy Wednesday 01/May/2019 20:53 PM
By: Times News Service
Over 1,500 Omani schoolkids gain science, tech skills

Nizwa: More that 1,500 Omanis have benefited from BP Oman and Engineering Village’s Educational Programme.
The Engineering Village concluded the second edition of its educational programme,‘Future Engineers’, as part of BP Oman’s Social Investment Programme.
Held under the patronage of Dr. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Hilal Al Sa’adi, Governor of A’Dakhiliyah, the ceremony took place at Nizwa Grand Mall, with the presence of representatives from BP Oman, Ministry of Education and other stakeholders. It was conducted in collaboration with Innovation and Scientific Olympiad at the Ministry of Education.
“Developing the next generation’s capabilities and honing their skills will generate a pool of highly qualified national workforce, who will lead the Sultanate towards a sustainable future,” said Shamsa Al Rawahi, BP Oman’s Social Investment Manager.
“The success and impact created by Future Engineers initiative, reinforces our commitment of investing in such dynamic STEM programmes, which inspire growth and contribute in supporting the national priorities,” she said.
Future Engineers programme, which was implemented in 15 primary government schools, sought to include electronics and programming lessons in these schools. It consisted of a curriculum that offered practical tools used for educational purposes. The initiative aimed at boosting young people’ knowledge in electronics, STEM, as well as programming skills in Scratch language.
“Technology, electronics, and programming are industries that are advancing at a rapid pace. This makes it important to acquaint our youth with the latest innovations of these fields,” said Fahad Al Siyabi, CEO of Engineering Village.
The closing ceremony included an exhibition showcasing student projects and highlighting programme outcomes. In its first phase, the initiative provided technical training for over 50 teachers and benefited more than 1,500 young students.
The programme was developed by Engineering Village as part of its vision to spread a culture of innovation and scientific exploration.