Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 28, 2018: To accelerate delivery of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, the company held a one-day forum with LEGO Education in order to deepen the company’s strategic partnership with the organization and enhance the next generation’s education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Senior leaders from LEGO Education and their partner ATLAB – a technology-based learning solutions company – visited the ADNOC School in Sas Al Nakhl, where they met with administrators, teachers and students to evaluate the success of ADNOC’s LEGO Education program, assess the effectiveness of classrooms’ innovative learning studios and identify expansion and enhancement opportunities – with the goal of ensuring the program continues to deliver valuable learning solutions for the year ahead.
Speaking at the forum, Reem Al Buainain, Manager of CSR at ADNOC, said, “We place great emphasis on building strong STEM initiatives that enable our youth to develop the skills needed to power their careers while supporting the UAE’s economic development plans for Centennial 2071. Our successful partnership with LEGO Education demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that our nation’s students are well-equipped with the right training, mindset and work ethic to contribute to the future success and prosperity of the UAE.
Josh Graham, Region Manager for the Middle East, Africa and the Ukraine at LEGO Education, said, “This collaboration continues to equip students at ADNOC Schools with the STEM/STEAM skills needed to pursue 21st century jobs that, in some cases, are yet to exist. Discussing the LEGO Education innovation studio’s impact on learning with 300 teaching faculty at an ADNOC school campus was a fantastic highlight. In addition the forum helped showcase the positive impact that LEGO Education’s resources – and ADNOC Schools’ inspirational teachers – have in the daily classroom, by delivering hands-on, playful learning experiences that ignite students’ natural curiosity and imagination.”
Dr. Kate Sutton Jones, Principal at the ADNOC School’s Sas Al Nahkl campus, said, “We were honored to host representatives of LEGO Education, ADNOC and ATLAB. Our visitors had the opportunity to view and interact with students using the LEGO Innovation Labs. It was exciting for all of us to see student engagement, demonstrations of their coding and programming ability alongside the all-important skills of creativity, collaboration, problem solving and communication. The visit ended with a presentation to faculty members on the future plans of this valuable initiative.”
n 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 programs, and provide access to LEGO Education’s global online collaboration communities.