*Wins 2020 Cambridge International Learner’s Award
Lagos — Holy Destiny Ike has become the latest addition to the long list of Total sponsored students excelling at various levels and fields of endeavor. Holy Ike, a beneficiary of the “Catch them Young” programme of Total E&P Nigeria limited, emerged winner of the 2020 Cambridge International (Outstanding) Learner’s Award.
The student received the award for scoring 94 percent in combined sciences (O’ level) in the three sessions of: October/November 2018, May/June 2019, and October/November 2019. He also got one of the top scores in the JAMB organised University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, achieving a mark of 334 out of 400.
The “Catch Them Young” scheme is designed to catch brilliant children *early from Primary school, (primary six) from each host community and groom them after selection through a written test. Among the criteria for selection is that the child must be a student in any of the government/ community primary schools in Egi communities including Amah, Idu Obosukwu , Elele Alimini and Elele Okinali communities of Rivers State all in OML 58. In addition, the child must have spent four years minimum in the community primary school.
That is the process through which TOTAL discovered Holy Ike from Amah community in the 2014/15 session along with others through the selection test and subsequently paid all tuition and full boarding and gave other moral support to all the catch them young students sponsored to Showers School, Port Harcourt.
Engr Vincent Nnadi, Total’s Executive General Manager in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility effused with joy when he heard the news. He said,” Wao, this program keeps making us proud. Just recently some of the products came out as best graduating students in their various faculties. It is among the many capacity building programs of Total. The success stories will keep coming.”
The programme is just one of many that demonstrate Total’s commitment to the development of Nigeria and the Nigerian youth. Total has sponsored 118 students to the CTY since its inception in 2007 as one of its Corporate Social Responsibility Projects.
The company is the sponsor of the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS) University of Port Harcourt which has produced hundreds of world class post graduate manpower for the oil and gas industry. It is also the proud sponsor of the MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) programme designed to enable outstanding young Nigerian faculty in science & engineering to collaborate with faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in developing new curriculum and teaching methods that adopt MIT’s emphasis on the problem solving approach and developing entrepreneurial attitudes among students.