Progressive Global Growth (PGG), a U.S.-based non-profit organization, looks to partner with indigenous Nigerian oil companies for its science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education programs in the United States of America.
The Founder and Executive Director of PGG, Christopher Riley, who spoke with Oil and Gas Republic at the sideline of West Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2019, said that Progressive Global Growth provides access to STEAM-based education for students from South Sudan and West Africa, specifically Nigeria.
According to him, PGG is ready to assist in the development of Nigeria’s private sector, specifically the oil and gas industry by increasing the critical and cognitive thinking among need-based senior secondary in Nigeria.
Proverbs 16:16 says that having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold. Nice and expensive items can be enjoyable, but there are very few things in life that can never be taken away, will never go out of style, and that truly make you a better person. At PGG, we believe an education directed at economic growth is one of those things.
“We are seeking partners for our academic exchange program. Our desire is to develop the Delta by strategically placing science and engineering students (ages 14-15) from areas that suffer from bunkering and theft at STEAM-based schools in our U.S. network.
“Not only will the students’ involvement in our exchange program decrease criminality in their communities by showing a partner corporations’ investment in local youth, the program participants will also be idea employees at our partner corporations in the future.
“Secondly, a corporation will gain access to our U.S. network of future collaborators and investors. By sponsoring a student, a corporation will be able to further brand itself to an American/international audience.
“We believe our exchange program and other STEAM education initiatives will decrease instability and increase prosperity in the Delta. Lastly, our proposal is free of charge. The independent indigenous company is not required to pay us anything.
“Our gain will be the branding and partnership that comes with our relationship. Our organization and U.S. partners pay room, board, academic fees, and other expenditures associated with being an international exchange student,” he added
On the other hand, “We welcome all independent indigenous companies who want to grow and enable opportunities for Nigeria’s youth. Five companies have shown serious interest, and one company has agreed to partner with us”
PGG aims to use STEAM-based education to drive sustainable development, create employment opportunities and decrease poverty and reduce social inequality in the countries it operates.
Get in touch with Christopher Riley to find out more about the American academic exchange program.