At the turn of the 21st century, the United Nations declared education a basic human right. In the 18 years since, access to primary education has steadily expanded. Yet, more than 63 million primary school-aged children worldwide still lack the option to go to school.
In Angola, for instance, millions of children lack basic primary education needs. A civil war that lasted 27 years and ended in 2002 devastated much of Angola’s infrastructure. Although the country has remained peaceful, poverty and the lack of access to health care, clean water and education still persist, especially in rural areas. Such factors make sending children to typically remote schools nearly impossible. In fact, children who are able to attend often take classes outside under trees or in makeshift structures with few, if any, supplies.
To help open more doors to education in Angola, ExxonMobil has partnered with RISE International and the Qatar-based Educate A Child initiative to build 25 new schools over the next two years. ExxonMobil contributed $1 million to the effort in 2017, and has pledged to contribute another $1 million.
With the completion of the 25 new schools, 24,000 currently out-of-school children will have access to education for the first time.
ExxonMobil previously worked with Educate A Child in Nigeria. The company’s contributions there have helped register nearly 62,000 new students since 2016 with an ultimate goal of enrolling 505,000 students by 2022.
In Angola and Nigeria, ExxonMobil’s partnerships are providing more students the invaluable opportunity of education, where the lessons learned today will help power the world tomorrow.