Anadarko’s regional development initiatives (RDI) provide long-term and wide-spread sustainable socio-economic benefit. Launched and implemented in partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), these projects are carefully designed to continue flourishing beyond the extent of our operations and well into the future. Our existing RDIs are detailed below:
Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) Petroleum Engineering Program
The Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering (MSPE) program is the first of its kind in Mozambique. The MSPE program, sponsored by Anadarko and its Area 1 co-venturers, is being collaboratively developed by UEM engineering and geology faculty, Anadarko subject-matter experts and U.S. professors from leading petroleum engineering programs. This program represents a unique approach to the development of sustainable petroleum education programs in Mozambique, as it enables petroleum capacity building within the country.
The post-graduate program was officially launched in February 2014 at the UEM Faculty of Engineering. The launch event also served to recognize the 22 students who completed their pre-requisite core Petroleum Engineering (PE) program coursework in 2013. The inaugural group of 22 MSPE students is entirely made up of full-time working professionals employed by various companies, representing several Mozambican provinces including Maputo, Cabo Delgado and Nampula. After completing their research dissertation, the students will be part of a group of individuals with a UEM Masters of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree – the first graduates with this credential in the history of Mozambique.
In February 2014, the UEM PE program enrollment doubled in size when a second group began their core PE coursework. This new class of students consists of 60 percent full-time professionals and 40 percent students direct from undergraduate engineering programs. Upon successful completion of the Core program in December 2014, this group of students will begin their Master’s studies in February 2015.
The development of this program is a subset of our larger National Content program in Mozambique.
Enhancing Pediatric Care in Mozambique
Partners for Pediatric Progress (PPP) focuses on acute training needs such as pediatric surgery, intensive care and neonatology within the Department of Pediatrics at Maputo Central Hospital in and the UEM School of Medicine. Support by Anadarko and its Area 1 co-venturers enabled PPP to hire a full-time U.S.-trained pediatrician and University of California, Los Angeles faculty member to be based in Maputo. PPP has facilitated training in Maputo from UCLA specialists with expertise in the fields of pediatric radiology, cardiology, neonatology, infectious diseases and intensive care, while also coordinating exchange trips for Mozambican physicians to spend time at the UCLA medical campus. PPP also supported the training of Mozambique’s first pediatric surgeon. Today, Mozambique has nearly 70 qualified pediatricians and two qualified pediatric surgeons, with another three pediatric surgeons currently undergoing training.
In Palma district in Cabo Delgado, the location of the future LNG facility, we have introduced medical training to doctors, medical technicians, nurses, midwives and community health workers with a focus on pediatric care. In total, training will be provided to all staff members of the six health centers and community based health workers in the Palma district, eventually reaching nearly 90 healthcare providers in the district. After the first round of training, staff members have learned the steps for basic newborn care and resuscitation. Training topics include the global program “Helping Babies Breathe,” a neonatal resuscitation and essential new-born care training, which has proven to successfully reduce neonatal mortality by up to 50 percent in similar settings. Other training session topics include high-burden pediatric diseases such as parasitic infections, anemia, malnutrition, respiratory and diarrheal illness and malaria. Health centers also receive training materials and essential medical supplies.
Niassa Lion Project – Community-Focused Conservation
Two years ago, villagers in the Niassa National Reserve gathered around a scenic patch of land, empty except for bush and hippopotamus paths. Traditional leaders approved the site of a new initiative by the Niassa Lion Project (NLP) that would bring jobs and skills training to the communities that live side by side with lions, leopards and elephants. The NLP serves to secure and conserve lions and other large carnivores in the reserve by promoting coexistence between people and wildlife. As lions are the top of the food chain, successful lion conservation means preserving the wilderness. While acknowledging the cost to these communities, the NLP’s vision is to recognize the potential of substantial ecological, cultural and economic benefits to the people of the Niassa reserve and all of Mozambique.
Anadarko and the participants of Area 1 recognize the importance of preserving Mozambique’s lion population and natural heritage through conservation and education, and have supported the construction of the NLP’s Mariri Environmental and Skills Training Center. Implemented by and for Mozambicans, the Center was built by a construction team composed entirely of local villagers using locally sourced, affordable materials whenever possible. Moreover, for every brick made for the Center, another brick was made for community projects such as adult education classrooms and water tanks. The construction workers, some of whom may have formerly resorted to poaching, learned a wide variety of new skills, including carpentry, masonry and thatching.
The Center is currently focused on three major activities: conducting bush visits, providing conservation training and hosting skills development workshops, including a course on conservation agriculture. The goal of the Center is to promote coexistence with the unique wildlife by providing locally relevant, practical skills training and education.
“Supatxenja” Road Safety Campaign
Launched in August of 2014, the Anadarko-sponsored, road safety campaign in Mozambique, “Supatxenja,” aims to increase knowledge and awareness of safe road practices and promotes safe road behaviors such as “Stop, Look, Think, Go.” The two-year campaign, which features twin super heroes, expects to reach approximately 18,000 people through school events, theater, music, painting, workshops, competitions, cultural events and more in urban Pemba and Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado.
British Council English Language Training
The Inspector and Teacher Training Programme, which Anadarko has sponsored for the past six years in Algeria, provides tailored, high-quality training to Algerian middle school teachers and inspectors to teach English. To date we have trained more than 10,000 teachers, and in late 2014, an expanded strategic program was announced to further strengthen English in middle and secondary schools across Algeria.
This new program aims to:
- Develop and improve English-language teaching in all Algerian schools;
- Provide continuous training and support to all inspectors and government teacher trainers of English throughout the academic year;
- Ensure consistency in training and classroom methods; and
- Contribute to the overall systemic improvement of English in Algeria.
Anadarko is continuing this relationship in Tunisia in sponsorship of the Primary Support Project, which provides similar training to Tunisian primary school teachers and inspectors.
Ouargla Careers Centre
In partnership with World Learning, Anadarko supports a workforce readiness and technical English program at the Careers Centre at Kasdi Merbah University in Ouargla, Algeria. The Centre has more than 2,000 registered students. In 2015, this relationship will develop further by the provision of Work Experience Placements for 10 students.