Shell conducts India’s first ever Food-Water-Energy Nexus educational programme

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– Shell India collaborates with Shaping and Learning UK to organize workshops in Bengaluru

– Students and teachers collaborate to learn about food-water-energy related issues

Bengaluru, 21 December 2016:  Riding on the success of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus internationally, Shell, one of India’s leading and most diversified global integrated companies in India’s energy sector, brings a first of its kind workshop to India. The two-day workshop on Food-Water-Energy Nexus was conducted in Bengaluru under ‘NXplorers’, an educational initiative by Shell in partnership with the international education group – Shaping and Learning UK. The initiative aims to help students and teachers hone unique and required skillset to address challenges in the domain.

66 students and 16 teachers from 6 schools across the city participated in the workshop, continuing the campaign in India. A similar workshop was conducted in Hisar, Haryana on 15 December 2016.

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 on food-water-energy nexus into the secondary phase of education through as many schools and possible. The pilot projects on the same were conducted in UK, Netherlands, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Lauding the programme, Mr. Vivekanand Bhat, Change Manager, Shell Technology Centre Bengaluru said, “Given the present challenges that we’re facing in the state, this is a very timely intervention for sensitising students and future leaders of the community on the interlinkages between these resources. We hope that through this initiative we are able to harness young talent and extend the reach of the program to a wider audience.”

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Theresa Forbes, Founding Director, Shaping learning, UK said, “This initiative introduces young minds to solve complex solutions in a practical environment. It acts as a great platform to cultivate generation of leaders of tomorrow and helps to promote active learning. 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.

“We are very happy that our students had the opportunity to experience and understand the food-energy-water nexus explained during the workshop. We thank the entire team for this wonderful learning experience,” said Suseela Santhosh, Director, Vishwa Vidyapeeth School, Bengaluru.

Meghna S. Raju, student at Vishwa Vidyapeeth School shared her experience and said, “The Nxplorer workshop has helped us understand important issues like water, energy and poverty and the role we as students can play in addressing these challenges. We were also encouraged to think and apply creative and implementable solutions to such complex issues.

We are very thankful for this experience and hope that such workshops are organised in the future as well.”