Recognising champions of education in Africa

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In an era where education stands as the cornerstone of progress, champions across Africa are creating lasting impressions through their dedication to enhancing educational opportunities. Their commitment and innovative approaches play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the continent.

Seplat Energy, a leading Nigerian independent energy company, stands as an example in the space of education empowerment. Through their transformative initiatives, including the Seplat Pearl’s Quiz, National Undergraduate Scholarship, SEPLAT Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP), and the Seplat Innovators programme, the company has impacted thousands of lives, fostering a culture of learning and growth.

From scholarships awarded to secondary school students to empowering teachers with digital skills and establishing collaborative spaces for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), Seplat Energy embodies the spirit of investing in the intellectual capital of the nation.

In view of this, Seplat Energy got honoured with the CSR Award for Education Empowerment at Nigeria’s Social Impact & Sustainability Awards (SISA), hosted by CSR Reporters. This prestigious event acknowledges transformative efforts driving sustainable economies and uplifting underserved communities, spotlighting organisations making notable impacts.

Dr. Eustace Onuegbu, a key figure in Nigerian sustainability circles, emphasised the awards’ importance, recognising their role in commending entities that shape Nigerian society positively. Seplat Energy’s integration of globally recognised sustainability standards and alignment with esteemed reporting norms, such as the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, were highlighted at the event.

The panel praised Seplat Energy’s commitment to educational advancement through impactful initiatives like the Seplat Pearl’s Quiz, National Undergraduate Scholarship, SEPLAT Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP), and Seplat Innovators programme.

The Seplat Pearl’s Quiz, benefiting over 57,000 teachers and students, awarded scholarships and contributed significantly to secondary school infrastructure. Their National Undergraduate Scholarship supported 780 students, with a notable 34% from host communities.

The STEP initiative empowered over 900 teachers with digital skills, benefiting 10,000 students. Moreover, the Seplat Innovators Programme introduced collaborative STEAM laboratories, fostering hands-on learning experiences.

Seplat Energy’s educational CSR initiatives remain steadfastly rooted in the company’s seven Principles of Corporate Strategy, emphasising accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, respect for stakeholders’ interests, adherence to the rule of law, compliance with international norms, and upholding human rights.

The presence of esteemed members like Stanley Opara, Manager of Corporate Communications; Charles Ifediba, CSR Lead; and Josephine Kola-Ajibade, Senior CSR Adviser, underscored Seplat Energy’s dogged commitment to societal enrichment.

Chioma Afe, represented by CSR Manager Esther Icha, expressed gratitude for the recognition, highlighting Seplat Energy’s dedication to global best practices and adherence to their corporate strategy principles.

This accolade underscores Seplat Energy’s role in driving transformative change, setting a high bar for corporate social responsibility in Nigeria. Noteworthy organisations like ACE Charity Africa, Plan International, LEAP Africa, and EAE also actively support education empowerment initiatives across Africa, highlighting a collective commitment to shaping a brighter future through education.

But Seplat Energy isn’t alone in this noble pursuit. Various organisations across Africa, such as ACE Charity Africa, Plan International, LEAP Africa, Empowering Africans through Education Initiative (EAE), and many more, are dedicated to advancing education and skill development on the continent.

These educational champions are not merely focusing on academic excellence; they are also bridging gender gaps, promoting entrepreneurship, enhancing STEM education, and integrating technology into learning experiences. Through innovative policies and initiatives, they are creating an environment that fosters holistic growth and socio-economic development.

Recognising and celebrating these champions of education is crucial, as they serve as catalysts for change, shaping the next generation of leaders and innovators. Their efforts resonate beyond classroom walls, aiming to create a future where knowledge is accessible, empowering, and transformative for all.

As we applaud the strides made by Seplat Energy and other educational champions, let us acknowledge their invaluable contribution to building a brighter, more empowered Africa. Their dedication to education resonates as an example for a continent on the cusp of a transformative journey towards prosperity and progress.


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