Education plays a critical role in sustainable development. For individuals, access to education opportunities improves their employment prospects, develops more sustainable livelihoods, improves health outcomes, and empowers women. For communities, education enhances the promotion of local stability and resilience and helps to provide a diverse and skilled workforce.

Education plays a critical role in sustainable development. For individuals, access to education opportunities improves their employment prospects, develops more sustainable livelihoods, improves health outcomes, and empowers women. For communities, education enhances the promotion of local stability and resilience and helps to provide a diverse and skilled workforce.

Our education-focused development activities help to elevate the profile and importance of a good education within host communities.

Through participation in the Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme, we support the PNG Government in the development and maintenance of primary and secondary school facilities in host communities. In addition, we work directly with these communities to improve local education infrastructure through our Community Area Planning (CAP) projects.  

We also help local teachers to keep teaching. A change to PNG legislation in 2011 meant some experienced teachers were unable to continue teaching without further training. Since then, we have supported teachers from host community schools to complete this training.

We provide financial support to a selection of students wishing to complete a tertiary qualification in medicine, teaching, business, agriculture, plumbing or mechanics. Our sponsorship of their tuition, accommodation and travel makes a difference to many university students from communities close to our operations, who would otherwise not be able to complete their education. Recipients are nominated by host communities and we assess the applications to ensure the recipients meet the entry requirements and that there’s a balance of gender and village of origin.

Our Graduate Development and Apprentice programmes also develop technical and vocational skills that can easily be transferred to other industries. These programmes not only provide us with access to the best future specialists in PNG, they make a key contribution to the country’s broader socio-economic development.

The Oil Search Foundation will increase the reach and impact of our education commitment year on year by overseeing the implementation of a programmes designed to address educational barriers. . This will include empowering women and children through literacy, building on work to date in literacy for early childhood, and developing transformational leaders for PNG, beginning with the health sector.

For further information on the work of the Oil Search Foundation in education, visit: http://www.oilsearchfoundation.org/