ExxonMobil plugs GYD$20M more into Guyana STEM programme

ExxonMobil Guyana official preps for an experiment at the Volunteer Youth Corp (VYC) STEM camp at the Wesleyana Campsite located on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway on April 16, 2019.

ExxonMobil Guyana committed GYD$20M on Tuesday to a programme focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as part of an ongoing partnership with the Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) that has seen annual contributions from the company.

VYC began its 6th annual STEM Camp this week under the theme Achieving excellence in studies, promoting innovation and creativity through STEM, with an event held at the Wesleyana Campsite on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway on Tuesday. The camp saw participation from secondary school students from Grades 9-11.

Addressing participants, Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs Deedra Moe said STEM is at the core of ExxonMobil’s operations as it seeks to develop new technology, and ensure operations are safe and environmentally responsible.

“STEM Education is also extremely important globally, just in terms of development— of countries, and of people. That is why ExxonMobil Guyana is supporting the Volunteer Youth Corps in STEM Education programmes such as this,” Moe added

ExxonMobil Guyana has been supporting the Volunteer Youth Corps Inc. in the execution of its STEM Education initiatives since 2012. “We are pleased to announce a contribution of GYD $20 M to VYC for the 2019-2020 programme,” Moe told the dozens of students and attendees gathered.

VYC CEO, Goldie Scott told OilNOW that since the programme began in 2012, an average of 400 students benefit per year. “ExxonMobil’s support has been tremendous, and it has grown from year to year. This initiative has really come a far way and plays a major role in helping to build the capacity of secondary school students.”