Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Youth unemployment is a major challenge across the region and creates many potential societal risks. One of the causes of this issue is that the generalized nature of many of the programmes does not provide students with the specialized skills required for the existing or emerging job market. Furthermore the investment of solar skills in the next generation will provide the necessary foundation for the future dissemination of the technology at the country level. Training in the rural communities provides the necessary foundation for long term sustainability and maintenance of the systems.
The objective of this programme is to establish solar electricity courses into the curriculum of higher education institutes in the region in a manner that allows for the continuation of the programme after the initial offering.
- Selecting higher education institutions in the partner countries
- Design regional specific, solar electricity courses and courseware with the institutions
- Train local teachers to continue the courses
- Build on this to create complete Alternative Energy Programmes
- Complete solar and administrative training in each of the communities with Community Charging Stations
Potential Long Term Impact
Participants will gain immediate benefits with improved access to employment and livelihoods opportunities. The potential also exists for these students to expand the utilization of alternative energy technologies in the country, creating wide ranging social benefits.
Total Funding Goal: US$120,000
Total 2016-2017 Funding Goal: US$100,000
How To Help
- $25 – Supplies one student with course materials
- $100 – Provides a basic tool kit for one student
- $250 – Supports the creation of a class lab
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