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Chevron education programme gets extension

Update : 29 Sep 2015, 08:26 PM

Chevron Bangladesh has announced a three-year extension of its non-formal primary education (NFPE) programme for communities living near the company’s Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulvibazar gas plants.

Chevron Asia-Pacific Exploration and Production President Melody Meyer and Save the Children Country Director Elizabeth Pearce announced the extension in a press release yesterday.

The project falls under Save the Children’s SHIKHON programme, a nationwide NFPE initiative.

Some 1,800 out-of-school children in 60 one-room community schools completed pre-primary schooling in 2014, during the first phase of the collaboration with Chevron.

These students will go on to complete Grades I through III during the extension phase.

In addition, about 1,200 primary-school students will benefit from after-school enrichment activities and remedial support.

Implemented by local NGO Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS), the project will include training for 120 teachers, parenting education services for 1,800 parents and the formation of 60 Centre Management Committees.

The extension of the NFPE programme was formally announced at a ceremony held at a project school located near Chevron’s Jalalabad gas plant, attended by Chevron Asia South Business Unit Managing Director Brad Middleton and Chevron Bangladesh President Kevin Lyon. Sylhet District Commissioner M Joynal Abedin also spoke on the occasion.

Lyon said: “In Bangladesh, education is a core focus of our social investment programme and we work hand-in-hand with local communities and partners like Save the Children to develop the nation-builders of tomorrow.”

Chevron Bangladesh entities are subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. The company produces natural gas from the three fields of Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulvibazar in north-eastern Bangladesh. 

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