Duqm Re­fin­ery pro­gramme fo­cuses on pro­mot­ing STEM sub­jects among stu­dents

Times of Oman - - ROUND-UP -

MUSCAT: Un­der the pa­tron­age of Sheikh Mohsin bin Ha­mad Al Maskary, Wali of Duqm, Duqm Re­fin­ery, again has of­fi­cially launched its sec­ond edi­tion of ‘ Sci­ence of a Re­fin­ery’ pro­gramme in Duqm.

Build­ing on its in­au­gu­ral launch from last year, the pro­gramme aims to fur­ther in­stil an in­ter­est in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) sub­jects amongst school stu­dents in Duqm and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The chief guest and other dig­ni­taries wit­nessed school­child­ren be­ing in­tro­duced to the work­ing of a re­fin­ery in the­ory and then through class­room-based ex­per­i­ments learn the core fun­da­men­tals of chem­istry, physics and en­gi­neer­ing and re­late this to var­i­ous pro­cesses in­volved in refin­ing.

Duqm Re­fin­ery de­vel­ops ‘The Sci­ence of a Re­fin­ery’ pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with En­gi­neer­ing for Kids - Oman Branch. This ven­ture in­spires chil­dren in the STEM and brings about an in­ter­est in the sub­jects in a fun and in­spir­ing way that com­ple­ment and en­rich the ex­ist­ing school cur­ricu­lum.

The pro­gramme is de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Ed­u­ca­tion in Al Wusta Re­gion. The pro­gramme is to run for three days. This year the pro­gramme has been ex­tended to in­clude other parts of Al Wusta re­gion too. Twenty-four in­ter­ac­tive work­shops will be de­liv­ered in seven schools in Al Wusta re­gion. The pro­gramme aims to im­pact more than 600 stu­dents aged 8 to 14 en­rolled in grades 2 to 8. The pro­gramme will be de­liv­ered in Bahr Al Arab School, Duqm School, Da­har School, Ras Madraka School, Shu­mookh School, Haitam School and Masir­ath Al Khair School.

Al Maskary said, “I am amazed to see the re­sponse from chil­dren to­wards the ex­per­i­ments and to see how cu­ri­ous they are.” He fur­ther added, “These are the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of Al Duqm, from the ca­reer choices they de­cide to take on in the near fu­ture, they have the op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity and con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of Duqm and the sul­tanate.”

Dr Salim Said Al Mashani, di­rec­tor of Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Ed­u­ca­tion in Al Wusta Re­gion said, “STEM sub­jects are key re­quire­ments for many jobs in the field of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. Such ini­tia­tives would help our stu­dents to iden­tify their fu­ture ca­reer paths as well as it will also en­hance their the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal skills. We value Duqm Re­fin­ery sup­port for such ini­tia­tives that con­trib­ute to the learn­ing process of stu­dents.”

“The pur­suit of ed­u­ca­tion in STEM sub­jects is key to grow­ing a sus­tain­able econ­omy,” said Jasim Al Ajmi, head of Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­ity at Duqm Re­fin­ery.

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