Chennai: Riding on the success of Food-Water- Energy Nexus , internationally, Shell India, one of the leading and the most diversified global integrated companies in India’s energy sector, brings the-first-of-its-kind workshop to India. The two-day workshop on Food-Water-Energy Nexus was launched at Chennai, under ‘NXplorers’ an educational initiative by Shell in partnership with the international education group – Shaping Learning, UK. The initiative aims to help students and teachers hone a unique and required skillset to address challenges in this critical domain.
Over 24 students and 16 teachers from 5 schools from Chennai participated in the workshop, lending an encouraging start to the campaign in India.
Shell India is committed to create a positive influence amongst the communities they operate in and have continuously strived to nurture young talent. With NXplorers, Shell endeavors to impart awareness and skills through the food-water-energy nexus into the secondary phase of education with as many schools and possible. Similar pilot projects around the same environmental and STEM themes were conducted in UK, Netherlands, Singapore, Ghana and Indonesia in 2015-16.
Lauding the programme, Mr. Vikash Mishra, Country Head External Relations said, “Shell India has always believed in harnessing young talent in every way possible. We are extremely proud to bring this unique educational programme to India that will educate our youth about food-water-energy nexus. We strongly believe that this collaborative learning will help in developing thinking skills, creating a sense of stewardship amongst the youth.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Theresa Forbes, Founding Director, Shaping Learning said, “This initiative introduces young minds to solving complex issues with positive solutions in a practical environment & is a great platform to cultivate a generation of leaders for tomorrow. The programme helps to promote active learning and competencies young people need for learning and life. The programme has also been introduced online for a better visual and interactive experience for the student community.”
‘NXplorers’ was implemented to equip young people, aged 14-19, with tools and skills to embrace complexity through real world issues. With the contribution from the schools, Shell is focused on building a dynamic, collaborative and global community.
“I would like to congratulate Shell and Shaping Learning for initiating such an educational workshop for teachers and students. I am positive that this programme will help students to be on a par with the recent issues pertaining to India and will enable them to take up challenging issues related to the food-water-energy nexus.” Said Ms. P. Lakshmi, Senior teacher at Sevalaya School.
Mayuri A, student at BVM Global school shared her experience of the workshop and said, “Water, energy and poverty issues need attention and are important to be addressed. Young people can play a significant role in bringing the change. The session had various group activities and interactive sessions that were enlightening and interesting. This workshop will definitely be an addition to our existing achievements which will also help us in the future.”
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