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KENYA: Workshop promotes solar training

Effort is part of Don Bosco Tech Africa’s project to build environmental skills


(MissionNewswire) Sixteen specialists and facilitators who are focused on the environment attended a three-day solar training workshop as part of Don Bosco Tech Africa’s Green TVET (technical and vocational education) project. Participants came from Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Madagascar and Nigeria.

The goal was to build the capacity of the participants in developing and implementing new solar energy technologies and applying new solar regulations. Don Bosco Tech Africa has adopted a strategy called Greening Campuses, which gives learners theoretical and practical exposure to different skills related to the environment.

Dr. George Adwek and Cyprian Njururi organized this workshop to prepare the green specialists and facilitators as trainers on new solar energy regulations, technologies, and pedagogical approaches. The workshop also helped educate the participants on legal provisions governing the environmental sector and aided them in developing a monitoring and performance tracking tool to collect data.

A Salesian noted, “The participants expressed their gratitude to the facilitators for empowering them with knowledge and skills. In addition, they promised to pay forward what they have learned to the young people and to bring about positive change in the Don Bosco technical and vocational training centers and communities surrounding them.”

Speaking on behalf of the facilitators, Adwek thanked the participants for their enthusiasm. He assured them that they will continue to be supported to ensure the goal of the project is achieved.

Brother John Njuguna, the deputy director of Don Bosco Tech Africa, reminded the participants of their roles in ensuring the success of the Green TVET project. He added that they are the ones to champion the Don Bosco TVET centers to be models of green culture where other institutions and communities come to learn.

Don Bosco Tech Africa is the coordinating body for the Don Bosco technical and vocational schools in the Africa region. The organization coordinates approximately 110 centers spread over 34 countries. Salesians aim to empower centers to deliver demand-driven and quality training to the marginalized and at-risk youth who gain employable skills through the centers. Don Bosco Tech Africa has trained Salesian technical and vocation center management and staff as part of the Trainers-of-Trainers program.



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