Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) was honoured by the Prempeh College Old Students Association (Amanfo?) during the annual Pearson/Osae Appreciation Lectures on August 16, 2018.
The Association recognised TGL’s support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and the company’s sponsorship of a science laboratory block for Prempeh College.
Completed in 2017, the Prempeh College Science Laboratory Block Project has been named after the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Tullow Oil plc, Mr. Aidan Heavey.
Tullow collaborated with Amanfo? to sponsor construction of the building as part of a Science Laboratories for Schools initiative under TGL’s STEM programme. The initiative seeks to provide centres of excellence in science to secondary education institutions in order to motivate students to pursue STEM subjects, drive innovation and guarantee development of skills relevant to Ghana’s changing needs.
Director for External Affairs, Social Performance and Local Content-Cynthia Lumor, stated that: “Building STEM capacity from basic to tertiary education level is aligned with Tullow’s Shared Prosperity philosophy. We believe that Ghana’s petroleum resource should be a catalyst for development, and providing support toward national developmental agenda targetted at a future founded on technology and innovation is consistent with that philosophy. TGL will continue to provide the support needed by our host country to achieve national goals”.
The citation presented to Tullow Ghana reads: “For your immense contribution to the development of science education in Ghana under your Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme. You have taken upon yourself to equip schools and colleges in Ghana with STEM teaching equipment to augment the efforts of government and the various interest groups in our second cycle education system to train our country’s future.
“Through your programme, we have benefitted from the construction of a multi-purpose science laboratory block for students of Prempeh College, which has been named the Aidan Heavey Science Laboratory Block. The Prempeh College Old Students Association is appreciative of your efforts and is proud to be associated with you.
“In recognition of this forward-looking initiative and many others, the Prempeh College Old Students Association, Amanfo? presents this certificate of honour as a token of appreciation.”
Under the Science Laboratories for Schools initiative, TGL supported centres of excellence in science by collaborating with alumni associations to provide select second cycle schools with refurbished infrastructure, newly-constructed laboratories or equipment.
Prempeh College is one of such beneficiaries. Other beneficiaries include, Mfantsipim School, Archbishop Porter Girls School, Achimota School, Accra Academy, Half Assini Senior High School and Nkroful Senior High School.
Other projects undertaken under STEM are interventions for kindergarten, primary, secondary schools, as well as capacity building for teachers and scholarships for students in Ghana’s universities.