02/12/2014 - Press release
Total introduces two new scholarships for Nwoya, Buliisa
Buliisa/Nwoya, December 2, 2014
Total E&P Uganda, the licensed operator of Block 1 and 1A - Lyec has introduced two new educational scholarship programs targeting the youth of Nwoya and Buliisa districts. These new education scholarship programs are the girl child scholarship program and the vocational skills training program.
“The country needs more craftsmen to address the needs of the country’s economic development in line with new education strategies of Skilling Uganda and to partly address the needs of the Oil and Gas new industry,” said Total E&Ps PRO Christopher Ocowun.
“It is for this reason that Total E&P Uganda has ventured into vocational training to benefit 40 people from Buliisa and Nwoya districts who sat for UCE but were not able to continue with their education and those currently finalizing senior 4 and 6, the vocational training will focus on Craft 1 certificate programs,” he added.
The company also realized minimal penetration in the number of girl applicants for A ‘levels studies in science subjects especially in the districts of Buliisa and Nwoya. Upon consultations with several district officials and schools in the area, it was revealed that many girls drop out of school after P.7 for several reasons, while those that continue are also disrupted by various aspects to include lack of school fees. That is why the company has introduced 10 scholarships targeted for girls concluding their Primary 7, in 2014.
The new scholarship programs start in 2015 and applications are currently being accepted until January 2015. The selection process is detailed in the specific application form for vocational studies available at DEO’s Office. All interested candidates should pick, fill the forms and then return them together with the required additional documents to the DEO’s offices in Nwoya, Nebbi, Buliisa and Masindi.
This now brings to three the number of education scholarship programs being offered by Total E&P Uganda, specifically targeting communities within their area of operations. Under the scholarship packages, the company covers the tuition fees, scholastic requirements, medical insurance, accommodation at school and transport to school and back home at the end of each term.
In 2013, Total E&P Uganda launched its local scholarship program targeting 20 young brilliant students from O ‘level to complete their A ‘level studies in top schools in Uganda, focusing on science subjects. The local scholarship seeks to give opportunity to top students from the districts found within our area of operations. These districts are Nebbi, Nwoya, Buliisa and Masindi.
Total hopes that enrolling these students in the top schools in Kampala will help them compete favorably with their counterparts at the national examinations and thereby improving their chances of gaining entry into some of the recognized universities and other institutions of higher learning worldwide. Currently, 35 students are benefitting from this program; with 15 of the students doing their final UACE exams this November 2014 and the rest are in senior 5.