Building on Aramco’s commitment to STEM education around the globe, it has generously donated over £140,000 to the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust, STEM Learning is delighted to announce.
Aramco is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies and part of the global effort towards building a low carbon economy. Their offices in Europe support a wide range of activities from facilitating the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers around the globe, to pushing for breakthroughs in research and innovation.
Their generous donation will help ENTHUSE, a charitable trust which supports STEM Learning, to continue funding the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of science teachers and other educators of science.
ENTHUSE funds bursaries to enable teachers to take part in STEM Learning's transformational CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre. Teachers who benefit from STEM Learning CPD are more than twice as likely to stay in the teaching profession as colleagues. Research shows that quality of teaching has a greater impact than any other factor on young people's engagement, enjoyment and attainment in science, technology, engineering and maths, and whether they pursue further STEM studies and careers.
Aramco’s donation to Project ENTHUSE, through its regional arm Aramco Europe, will provide bursaries to more than 300 teachers, which will, in turn, benefit over 30,000 young people around the UK.
Aramco Europe said: “We are pleased to support teacher professional development and deliver impactful science curriculum in schools across the UK. Aramco believes it is critical to invest in STEM education to inspire the next generation of innovators.”
Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of STEM Learning, said: “Aramco’s support enables us to boost achievement by developing great teachers. With this support, we can help those who need it most – the schools and young people facing the greatest challenges.”
STEM Learning's vision is for a world-leading STEM education for all young people, with a particular focus on those from disadvantaged communities, who may need extra support, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, which is causing those young people to fall further behind their peers.