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Energy Community Digital Literacy Project launched in Tamale – Vivo

Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Ghana exclusively marketed and distributed by Vivo Energy Ghana, launched ‘Vivo Energy Community Digital Project’, an initiative which seeks to increase access to relevant educational content through technology among school children.

Considering schools’ closure during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana, Vivo in partnership with Worldreader and the Northern Regional Library Authority, seeks to reinforce school children’s reading skills and help to mitigate the learning loss caused during the period.

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The Corporate Communications Manager at Vivo Energy Ghana, Mrs Shirley Tony Kum, speaking at the launch, said the project would promote Sustainable Development Goal 4, of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education within the implementing area.

She mentioned the project, in its first phase, will bring children in over 25 households within the Tamale Metropolis ‘BookSmart Tablets’, train home facilitators, and guide lesson plans to create an enabling environment for reading and learning for them.

Facilitators of the project will also take the opportunity to help educate households on the COVID-19 protocols and the risks associated with non-compliance.

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“To ensure effective implementation of the project, household facilitators trained and will have access to remote support through structured daily lesson plans and book title recommendations for specific targeted outcomes”, she added.

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Mrs Kum also said Vivo Energy has and will always be committed to implementing educational initiatives that would have a significant impact on the lives of schoolchildren, especially those in marginalised communities.

“As a company committed to fuelling the growth in Ghana, we have, and continue to implement various initiatives across the country to improve literacy rates and prepare a more secure workforce for the country’s development. Some of the initiatives include; the launch of V-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to make STEM education more attractive and increase awareness about career opportunities in science and technology, especially among female students,” she said.

Other initiatives of Vivo Energy include; training Senior High School students in Full-Stack Web Development as a foundation for an Advanced Technical Course at Soronko Academy, Ghana’s leading technology and digital skills development centre; the launch of a one-year intensive Graduate Talent Programme at Vivo Energy Ghana for students from various universities with STEM backgrounds; and the handing over of a renovated and furnished five-unit classroom block to the Brengo Presbyterian School in Asante Mampong.

In the wake of the pandemic when the country was under lock down, Vivo Energy Ghana, partnered with ABCDE Africa and campus and funded the rollout of an alternative e-learning platform accessible to all senior high school students. 

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The Otumfuo Charity Foundation also received support from Vivo as 10 brand new HP laptops were given to support this year’s Otumfuo Teachers Award Scheme. This act was to encourage and help build the capacity of teachers especially those in rural areas with limited resources.

A Lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Mr David Sumbo, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, called for collaboration and unity among stakeholders in the educational sector to ensure that appropriate content was available on digital platforms for all categories of readers nationwide.

“Technology is a double-edged sword which can be used for good or bad, that is why it is very important to take a critical look at what is available for people to read and help create the right environment for people to read”, he noted.

Mr Alhassan Abdul-Kahad, Programme Manager at Worldreader, said the Vivo Energy Community Digital Literacy Project would help to improve the literacy rate among the youth and help prepare a more secured workforce that would help to accelerate the country’s development.

Vivo Energy Ghana has a fuel storage capacity of 11,000m³ and 232 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores and employs 150 people and recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

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