3 000 school students are familiar with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency

22 May 2013

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As many as 3 000 children from the Republic of Moldova know how to make use of the renewable energy sources and are familiar with the secret of energy savings. Next week, the school students of Grades VII and VIII, representing 64 Moldovan schools, will complete their school year, during which they learned about renewables and energy efficiency. The educational initiative on renewable energy and energy efficiency is carried out under the EU-UNDP funded Energy and Biomass Project.

During the 2012-2013 school-year, pupils studying at schools covered by the educational initiative took part in interactive activities dedicated to renewables and energy efficiency. The children have been involved in debates conducted within schools, participated in lessons in webinar format where they discussed, on-line, eco-energy topics with hundreds of pupils from other schools, visited households, public institutions that use renewable energy, built models of photovoltaic panels, wind turbines or biomass-fired plants and put together environmental-related performances.

“The children have been provided with a textbook titled “Renewable Energy Sources” as educational support, while the teaching staff received a Teacher’s Guide on this topic, both developed by the Energy and Biomass Project with the assistance of Academia and experts from the Energy Efficiency Agency. Both the textbook and the guide introduce the information on all renewables and energy efficiency in a simple and illustrative manner”, stated Victoria Ignat, Training and Capacity Building Officer of the Energy and Biomass Project.

The educational initiative includes those communities, which have their public institutions connected to biomass-fired heating systems within Moldova Energy and Biomass Project.  Up-to-date, the Course on Renewables and Energy Efficiency has been taught in 106 schools from 21 Rayons. Overall, the educational initiative covered 4,500 school students.

The Lyceum from in Biesti village of Orhei district  is one of the schools covered by this educational initiative. Thus, more than 25 pupils of Grades VII and VIII attended interactive courses dedicated to renewables and energy efficiency. “Although it was an optional course, it was students’ favourite. The children were extremely active, worked in thematic groups, participated in the webinars, built model installations for the production of wind, solar and biomass energy”, mentioned Vladimir Vlas, Director of the Lyceum from Biesti village.

The most active schools students, selected as results of a competitive process, will participate in the Summer Camp “Energel” during July 1-11, where the advocates of renewables and energy efficiency usually meet.

The educational initiative on renewables and energy efficiency has been unfolded with the support provided by the Institute of Continuing Education and by the Republican Centre for Children and Youth ”Gutta-Club”.

Moldova Energy and Biomass Project is a four-year project implemented during 2011-2014. The Project total budget amounts to 14.56 Million EUR, provided by the European Union (14 million EUR) and UNDP Moldova (560,000 EUR).

Contact Information

Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, Communication and Media Officer, Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, ina.zglavuta@undp.org, tel: (+373 22) 839 985