CNOOC Uganda awarded 180 students that scored highly in PLE, UCE, and UACE.
The students, who sat national exams from Hoima and Kikuube districts -- were recognized under the company's Corporate Social Responsibility program code-named “CNOOC Best Performer’s Award”.
The program was inaugurated in 2012 to encourage hard work among students in the aforementioned districts.
To date, the Program has rewarded 750 students as follows: In 2013, 60 were rewarded; in 2014, 90 were rewarded; in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, 120 were supported; in 2019, 120 got awards; and this year, 2021, 180 more students will be rewarded which will bring the cumulative total of BPA beneficiaries to 930 students.
Hoima and Kikuube districts are currently experiencing rapid development and CNOOC Uganda believes supporting the youths and the education system will accelerate this.
A total of 14,000 US dollars, or about, Shs49.5 million, has been given to the best-performing students in 2021.
The students were selected by the offices of the education officers in the respective districts.
The award ceremony was presided over by Samuel Kisembo Araali, Resident City Commissioner (RCC), who commended CNOOC for the unwavering support to the communities especially in the area of operation.
He also urged the students to continue working hard at their next level of education and always consider giving back to the community so that those who come after them can receive the same support.
Aminah Bukenya, CNOOC Uganda’s Media and Publicity Manager, said that “the Best Performers Awards affirms our willingness to be a good neighbor and a trusted friend to fulfil the win-win principle with key stakeholders in the region."
She added: "We have considered positive discrimination for the students with disabilities”.
Zakalia Lubega, the firm's head of Corporate Affairs said: “Despite COVID times that have hit the world globally, we still feel that it is important to push forward the dream of the excellent performers in the area of operation. This is why the Best performers have still been upheld”.
Godfrey Serwanja, the DEO of Hoima, said: "The awards have motivated schools into performing better at all the three levels compared to previous years before the awards."
He noted that there was a 400% improvement in the grades since the launch of the Best Performers Awards Program, attributing part of the growth to the wards.
Aside from the education sector, the energy company also supports environment, health, and sports sector.