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DOHA: ExxonMobil Qatar held its annual chequepresentation at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2018 awards ceremony.
This year, the cheque for QR3.65m was presented to Rise International for the Educate A Child program. The program falls under the auspices of Education Above All Foundation (EAA), which was established in 2012 by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to build a global movement that contributes to human, social and economic development through the provision of quality education.
The chequewill help provide educational opportunities to communities around the world that are stricken by poverty or crisis.
Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, and Fahad Al Sulaiti, Chief Executive Officer of EAA, took part in the chequepresentation which was also attended by Nasser bin Ghanim Al Khelaifi, President of Qatar Tennis Federation, and Andrew P Swiger, Senior Vice-President, Exxon Mobil Corporation.
EAA is one of ExxonMobil Qatar's key education partners. In 2013, ExxonMobil pledged an $8m contribution to Educate A Child (EAC) — an initiative of EAA. The four-year contribution is supporting programs in Nigeria; and as education partners, they are exploring potential programs in Papua New Guinea, Angola and Tanzania to help EAA reduce the number of children around the world with no or limited access to education.
'We share Education Above All's belief that education is the key to progress and prosperity. Education drives economic destiny, and enables people to work together to create strong, skilled and thriving communities, Routledge said. 'The education of one child creates a positive ripple effect, and its impact reaches far beyond the child to influence their family and country. This is why ExxonMobil supports global programs that encourage greater access to education as a critical means of increasing opportunities for social and economic development.
'We are honoured to be part of Education Above All's noble cause of helping women and children around the world learn lifelong skills that will equip them for the rest of their lives, added Routledge.
'EAA's Educate A Child program is proud to partner with ExxonMobil and Rise International in Angola to ensure a further 24,000 out of school children into quality primary education. It is through important multi-sectoral partnerships, such as this, that EAC is able to reach many more of the most marginalised out of school children globally. Mary Joy Pigozzi, Executive Director, Educate A Child, said.
ExxonMobil partners with local education organisations to ensure that all of Qatar's children have access to quality education. In a society of the future, education will play an essential role in creating the knowledge-based economy the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani envisions for Qatar.
In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, ExxonMobil is commitment to advancing education in Qatar particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The company invests in education and teacher development programs that will contribute to building the skilled and productive workforce Qatar will need for its sustainable future.
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