Chevron Corporation and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership Launch Learning Centers in Venezuela
SAN RAMON, Calif., and SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 19, 2005 -- Chevron Corporation and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership are working together to extend the power of educational media technology to more than 10,000 Venezuelan students in under-resourced schools with the launch of 15 new Learning Centers.
"It is very exciting for us to join in this wonderful and creative project to motivate Venezuelan children in their educational development," said Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Latin America Upstream. "Providing Venezuelan children with this high-impact education project in partnership with the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership is a privilege."
The Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works in under-resourced schools and communities around the world, equips each school – called a Learning Center – with a television; DVD player; a library of specially produced, locally relevant educational video programming; and access to information from any source that meets the needs of the school and community. Each Learning Center also receives three years of teacher training and technical support in how to use television and video effectively in the classroom and as a community resource.
"Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership is pleased to partner with Chevron to bring educational resources to schools and communities in Venezuela," said Dr. Gail Ifshin, executive director, Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership. "We look forward to working with teachers to help increase educational opportunities for their students and the surrounding communities."
The Learning Center project complements the Venezuelan government's efforts to improve access to quality education. Six schools in Caracas and four schools in the northwest region of Venezuela are participating in the project, which targets children who live in rural areas or in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty. One of the Learning Centers in Caracas is dedicated to assisting orphans and street children at risk. Approximately 150 teachers in the two regions will participate in training workshops. In its initial stage, the project is expected to reach at least 6,500 students plus community members. Five additional Learning Centers will be launched in the northeast region of Venezuela in January 2006. These future Learning Centers are estimated to reach 4,000 students plus their communities.
Chevron is pleased to be extending its relationship with the Partnership into Venezuela, building upon an ongoing initiative in Angola and South Africa. In Angola, Learning Centers have been launched in 17 schools to date across the country, with more to come. Chevron and the Partnership also are expanding the project in South Africa into a rural area that the South African government has designated as one of the regions most in need of development.
About Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading energy companies. With more than 53,000 employees, Chevron subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
About Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership
Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public charity that was spearheaded by Discovery Communications Inc. in 1997 as an effort to bring together partners from the private and public sectors in support of a unique, international, grassroots education and technology project serving populations left out of the information age. Together with locally appropriate video programming and long-term training, television is being used to enhance learning and understanding, share new ideas, honor traditions, and stimulate a sense of community at a local and global level. The Partnership provides schools and community centers in under-resourced areas with televisions, VCRs or DVD players, teacher training, satellite technology if possible, and the ongoing delivery of relevant video programming. Today, over 395,000 children plus their communities in 10 countries around the world have access to valuable information tailored to their needs. For more information please visit www.discoveryglobaled.org.
Updated: October 2005