The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, has won an award for the Best Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Programme in Education, at the 6th Annual Global Educational Supplies and Solutions, GESS, Education Awards, held in Dubai.
The award recognises ADNOC’s contribution to enhancing the quality of education through its LEGO Education Innovation Studios that is enabling more than 6,000 students, across ADNOC schools, to develop skills in areas such as coding and robotics, and use LEGO bricks to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM.
The LEGO Education Innovation Studios initiative champions the innovative, hands-on learning programmes designed to advance STEM. It is closely aligned with the UAE government’s renewed focus on developing a diversified educational curriculum, based on STEM disciplines, such as Artificial Intelligence and predictive platforms.
Speaking after receiving the award on behalf of ADNOC, Reem Mubarak AlBuainain, CSR Manager at ADNOC, said, “ADNOC is honoured to receive this award. It is a testament to ADNOC’s commitment to investing in STEM initiatives to develop the next generation of talent that will power the future success of the UAE, Abu Dhabi and ADNOC.”
The GESS Education Awards is organised by GESS Dubai, an annual educational conference held in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
In November 2017, ADNOC signed an agreement with ATLAB/Emphor, a strategic partner of LEGO Education, to construct LEGO Education Innovation Studios in all ADNOC Schools, establish creative labs, teacher training, and development programmes, and provide access to LEGO Education’s global online collaboration communities.
On the other hand, this CSR award comes a few days after the graduation of the first batch of 500 students from Al Dhafra region who participated in the UAE Coder programme organised by Sandooq Al Watan in partnership with ADNOC.
In line with its effort to expand its support for STEM Education, in November 2018, ADNOC signed a partnership agreement with the Japan Oil Development Co. Ltd., JODCO, and Kumon Institute of Education, KIE, to pilot the highly successful Kumon Method of learning mathematics in four ADNOC Schools in Abu Dhabi. After the pilot, the programme is expected to be rolled out gradually over the next five years to a total of ten schools, in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region, impacting almost 10,000 students from Grades 1 to 5.
ADNOC’s CSR strategy focuses on creating sustainable positive social impact by delivering programmes that support the UAE’s economic development plans for Centennial 2071.