The signing ceremony took place as part of an Iftar event hosted in celebration of Orphan Day and was held under the patronage of Minister of Social Development His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Said Al Kalbani. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Dr Yahya Bin Badr Al Ma'awali, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Social Development, Chris Breeze, Shell Oman Country Chairman, and Dr Mohammed Mahmood Al Balushi, Chief Executive Officer of Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG. The event was attended by dignitaries, representatives, and key staff from Ministry of Social Development, Shell Oman, and various charitable associations in Oman.
According to the MoU, Shell Oman will provide the Child Care Center with solar power panels for power consumption, in addition to rolling out an educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program called NXplorer.
Dr Mohammed Mahmood Al Balushi, Chief Executive Officer of Shell Oman Marketing, said: “Shell Oman has always been on the forefront when it comes to taking the innovative and effective path to create a positive impact in people’s lives. In continuing our journey of being leaders in the drive for change, we are delighted to partner with Ministry of Social Development for the implementation of the integrated solar power system and educational program at the Child Care Center in Al Khoud.This initiative comes in line with Shell Oman’s ongoing commitment to promote energy transition and sustainability within Oman, foster the development of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector by empowering local SMEs with the knowledge the business opportunities the project will provide, and boost interest among Omani youth in STEM educational streams, thereby contributing to Oman’s future energy scene and its economic transition.”