In the Global Compact’s 2013 Global Corporate Sustainability Report, businesses were urged to address education as a top priority, with employers reporting problems in recruiting talent due to deficiencies in even basic primary education. American oil company Hess has led efforts in this area, partnering with the government of Equatorial Guinea to establish the Programa de Desarrollo Educativo de Guinea Ecuatorial (PRODEGE) education initiative.
The PRODEGE initiative works to improve access to quality primary education for children in Equatorial Guinea, a national priority of the Equatorial Guinean government. The Ministry of Education and Hess have combined forces to invest in long-term initiatives. Since its inception in 2006, the project has certified over 900 primary school teachers and refurbished 54 schools, serving 3,200 children across the country.
Sarah Brown, charity campaigner, writer and wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, highlighted the success of the PRODEGE programme in a recent article in the Guardian newspaper.