Feb 23, 2018

Champions of Green Energy’ kick-start energy efficiency at school level

Over 300 students in 9 provinces have been empowered to become ‘Champions of Green Energy’ as Sri Lanka pushes forward on the agenda to shift from fossils to renewable energies.

Students, youth and teachers representing schools from all nine provinces took part in an interactive series of training courses aiming to enhance awareness, knowledge and enthusiasm on renewable energy and energy efficiency in their schools and homes.

After participating in the workshop, the trained students will be tasked to conduct another 10 workshops in their respective provinces. As a result, 90 awareness workshops will reach at least 2700 students.

The workshops were part of a series of ToT (Training of Trainers) programs in selected schools of all nine provinces, which includes two workshops per province and 50 trainers in each province. This ToT workshops were tailor made for secondary school students to introduce Green Energy technologies in an early stage of education as well as to motivate the students to engage in simple energy conserving practices individually.

“This series of workshop created a platform for students and teachers to come together and work on topics like energy efficiency and waste management seriously and discuss practical measures that they can implement in their schools. Although school syllabus has incorporated theoretical aspects of energy efficiency, most of the students and teachers were unable to translate this into practical projects. We were glad to see them working together to convert these learnings to actual projects”, said Damitha Samarakoon, Deputy Director of Janathakshan.

Each of the selected schools have “Renewable Energy Clubs” established which will then serve as a framework to further introduce renewable energy systems at the schools by the trained students.

The Federal Foreign Office in Germany supports Sri Lanka’s ambitions to promote renewable energies by providing accessibility to information and by sensitising the general public for a more conscious use of energy through the Green Energy Champion project implemented by GIZ.

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