As a knowledge-based service company, education is a key theme of most of our community social investment efforts. Our education program portfolio is focused mostly on science education and on health and safety education. We have three global programs and encourage local initiatives by employees.
A non-profit initiative that brings science and technology programs to the communities in which Schlumberger operates, SEED uses four main approaches, including teacher-training workshops, a multilingual science web site, hands-on learning tools, and Internet and technology grants. The program relies on employees, volunteers, and educators to leverage their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) expertise while encouraging students to look at global issues, such as water, health and safety, energy, and climate change.
The PlanetSEED web site contains more than 1,400 pages of science activities, articles, labs, and journals geared toward students ages 10 to 18, all of which are available for free in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). The SEED community, comprised of registered volunteers, teachers, students, and lovers of science and education everywhere, are invited to discuss STEM-related topics and collaborate on fun projects together in our blogs, forums, polls, and other online sharing spaces.
The Schlumberger HSE for Youth program was founded in 2008 and is facilitated through workshops led by trained volunteers including any of our employees and their spouses. HSE for Youth empowers young people to make responsible decisions about health, safety and environmental issues. Reaching out to young people from ages 8 to 18, the program focuses on seven areas where Schlumberger can share its HSE expertise—injury prevention, road safety, personal security, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, water, and climate change. Since its inception, the program has provided age-appropriate workshops to more than 5,600 children around the world.
HSE for Youth uses a custom-designed Risk Ring* methodology that provides young people with a thinking process to help them analyze the hazards and risks inherent in any proposed activity by considering the facts, their thoughts and feelings, and the possible consequences.
The Schlumberger Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, recognizes the link between science, technology and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential. Faculty for the Future, the flagship program of the Schlumberger Foundation, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences and related disciplines at top universities around the world.
The long-term goal of the Faculty for the Future program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are therefore selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents, and they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women. The program also has an extended mission to encourage community building through forums, both online and in person.
Launched by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004, the Faculty for the Future community stands at 323 women from 63 emerging countries in 2013, and the community grows steadily each year.
Schlumberger employees around the world often initiate local projects, and these projects are frequently supported by our business units in the form of financial assistance or time off work. For example, in Chad our corporate funding helped to build and develop a school started by a local Schlumberger Well Services employee. One employee in Venezuela is helping foster children learn woodworking skills. Another employee created a music school in Congo and when transferred to Mozambique lost no time in reaching out to SOS Children’s Village. Schlumberger retirees have joined together to create IDO, a non-profit organization drilling water wells in Chad and now expanding to Congo. There are many such examples within the Schlumberger community.
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Risk Ring* scenarios have been developed for seven HSE for Youth themes.
SEED teacher-training workshops assemble groups of teachers and students who work together on a variety of hands-on projects related to unifying themes such as water, energy, climate change, or health and safety.
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