Improving Computer Science education in high schools

12 November 2018

BP and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Shah Deniz, and South Caucasus Pipeline projects – SOCAR, TPAO, PETRONAS, Chevron, LUKOIL, NICO, Equinor, INPEX, ExxonMobil, SGC, ITOCHU, ONGC, TOTAL, Eni – today presented an educational project to support improvement of Computer Science teaching in high schools of Azerbaijan.

The project is part of BP’s and its co-venturers’ commitment to support education and help enhance local capabilities and skills at all levels. It aims to equip high school students with modern and competitive Computer Science knowledge and skills to help them integrate into the new global information economy.

As part of this 3-year initiative a new curriculum for Information Technology (IT) specialised secondary schools is being developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. In addition, teaching and learning materials will be developed to support the new curriculum. The scope of the project also includes training of 50 teachers representing 25 Baku schools who will pilot the effective use of the new curriculum. The teachers’ training programme includes the English language and IT courses such as Computer Science in Modern World, Computer Science Principles and Topics in Computer Science.

Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP’s Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, Strategy and Region, said: “No matter what career today’s young students choose, having the right background and knowledge in computer science will help them achieve their dreams and goals in the digital age. At this stage, 50 teachers and up to 600 students will benefit from the project. We hope that the project will provide them with the skills and the know-how that are necessary for success in the new connected world.”

The total value of the project is about 800,000 AZN.

The project is implemented by the International Training and Project Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Education.

Notes to editors

Over the past 26 years BP ant its co-venturers have supported a large number of major social investment projects. These have included educational programmes, building skills and capabilities in local communities, improving access to social infrastructure in communities, supporting local enterprises through provision of access to finance and training, support for cultural legacy and sport, as well as technical assistance to public institutions.

In the first three quarters of 2018, BP and its co-venturers spent more than $3.3 million in Azerbaijan on their social investment projects.

Further information: Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku. Telephone: (+994 12) 599 45 57