The Inoyo Toro Foundation in partnership with Seven Energy Exploration and Production has flagged off a new campaign in public secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State. The project is tagged “Environmental Awareness Project in Akwa Ibom State Public Secondary Schools”. The project will commence with a pilot study with 7 schools participating. The secondary schools are:
- Girls High School, Ikot Ibiok, Eket LGA
- Edor Secondary School, Edor, Esit Eket LGA
- Community Secondary Commercial School, Odoro Atan, Ikot Abasi LGA
- Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Ebiere, Onna LGA
- Mary Hanney Secondary School, Oron LGA
- Community Secondary School, Udung Uko, Udung Uko LGA
- Ubodung Community Secondary School, Oruko, Urue-Offong Oruko LGA
The first meeting to kick start the campaign took place on the 2nd of March 2017 at the Foundation’s office complex at Ultra Fit, Ewet Housing Estate. In attendance were Patricia Akinlotan Senior Manager, Shared Business Support, Seven Energy, Nkoyo Etuk, Manager CSR, Seven Energy and Roland Uye also of Seven Energy. Representing the Foundation at the meeting was Idorenyin Mbang a Consultant with the Foundation and Imo Bassey also with the Foundation.
Also in attendance were four school principals from the selected schools and a teacher from those schools who will anchor the program in their individual schools. The facilitators took turns in educating the principals and the teachers on the reason for the project, the objectives and mode of operation of the project. Highlight of the project will be the formation of an environmental awareness club in the individual schools consisting of 50 students.
Secondary school students are our next generation, hence the need to target them with this Campaign. The major objective of the project will be to engage and educate the students about environmental safety to create a sustainable economic environment that will deliver an improved standard of living for all. It will teach the students how to interact with their environment and how to preserve the natural resources around them. It will further enlighten the students on how issues and problems arise in their environment and what role they should play towards finding solutions to these problems.
The pilot phase of this campaign is designed to establish a pattern which will be adopted and implemented in every public secondary school in Akwa Ibom State.