Duqm Refinery launches science programme for students

DUQM: Under the patronage of Shaikh Mohsin Bin Hamad Al Maskary, Wali of Duqm, Duqm Refinery, officially launched in its second year the ‘Science of a Refinery’ programme in Duqm.
Building on its inaugural launch from last year; the programme aims to further instill an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects amongst school students in Duqm and the surrounding areas.
The chief guest and other dignitaries witnessed school children being introduced to the working of a refinery in theory and then through classroom based experiments learn the core fundamentals of chemistry, physics and engineering and relate this to various processes involved in refining.
“The Science of a Refinery” programme is developed by Duqm Refinery in partnership with Engineering for Kids, Oman branch.
This venture inspires children in STEM and brings about an interest for these subjects in a fun and inspiring way that complement and enrich the existing school curriculum.
The programme is delivered in partnership with Directorate General of Education in Al Wusta Governorate. The programme is to run for three days.
This year the programme has been extended to include other parts of Al Wusta Governorate too. A total of 24 interactive workshops will be delivered in seven schools in Al Wusta Governorate.
The programme aims to impact more than 600 students aged 8 to 14 enrolled in grades 2 to 8. The programme will be delivered in Bahr Al Arab School, Duqm School, Dahar School, Ras Madraka School, Shumookh School, Haitam School and Masirath Al Khair School.
Wali of Duqm, Shaikh Mohsin Bin Hamad al Maskary, said the children are the future generation of Al Duqm and from the career choices they decide to take, have the opportunity to give back to the community and contribute to development of the nation.
On the occasion, Dr Salim Said al Mashani, Director of Directorate General of Education in Al Wusta Governorate said, STEM subjects are key requirements for many jobs in the field of science and technology.
“The pursuit of education in STEM subjects is key to growing a sustainable economy,” added Jasim al Ajmi, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Duqm Refinery.