ENERGEL Summer Camp Gathered Together Advocates of Clean Energy

16 Jul 2014

imageEnergel Summer Camp, 3rd edition. Photo: UNDP Moldova/Mihai Maciuca

100 of VII-VIII-grade school children from 13 Districts and ATU Gagauz-Yeri learn how to produce renewable energy and use it efficiently at ENERGEL Summer Camp, currently unrolling its third Edition. The Summer Camp is an initiative launched by the Energy and Biomass Project funded by the European Union and co-funded and implemented by UNDP Moldova.

Today the promoters of clean energy shared their knowledge with the EU Ambassador in the Republic of Moldova, Pirkka Tapiola; the Resident Representative of UNDP Moldova, Nicola Harrington-Buhay; the Director of the Energy Efficiency Agency, Mihai Stratan and their children, who are visiting today ENERGEL Summer Camp.

”It is an enormous pleasure for me and my children to be here and see the enthusiasm of children in promoting renewable energy, modern technologies and energy security. Very soon the graduates of the ENERGEL Summer Camp, came from across the country, will be adults and will have to take ownership for the development of their own country. Sustainable Energy leads to sustainable society. I am confident that the eco-energy champions I met today will be effective leaders of such a society while holding others accountable”, said Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the European Union Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.

ENERGEL Summer Camp is unrolling its third edition during 8-18 of July in Raculesti Village, Criuleni District, while the first edition took place in summer 2012. Traditionally, the Summer Camp gathers together children from those rural communities where the Project installs biomass heating plants at the expense of European funds. This Edition facilitates the meeting of children from the Villages where clean technologies have been brought during the period of 2013 – 2014.

”Young people have always been the link to change. School students from Energel Summer Camp are important promoters of renewable energy. They know the benefits of solar, wind, hydro or biomass energy, promoting them in their own family, community, country. I am confident that apart from making new friends, at the end of the summer camp, children will have new knowledge, skills, principles, which will help them successfully attain their mission as clean energy advocates”, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova, said.

During the 2013-2014 school year circa 1,500 pupils from 21 schools studied the Course on Renewables and Energy Efficiency. Since the launch of the Energy and Biomass Project (2011) and up until now this Course has been taught in 352 schools across all country Districts, having covered altogether 19,000 children. ”Together with our Colleagues from the EU Delegation in Moldova, the UN Development Programme and the Energy and Biomass Project, we initiate large-scale changes for the Republic of Moldova; however, these changes are not possible to implement without the direct involvement of children because, namely, the children are our future. I do not exaggerate when I assert that; only together, i.e. the adults and the children, we can ensure a better future for our country”, Mihai Stratan, the Director of Energy Efficiency Agency, has mentioned.

The Educational Initiative on renewables and energy efficiency is conducted in partnership with the Continuing Education Institute and with the Republican Centre for Children and Youth ”Gutta-Club”, and initially covered just those communities that decided to have their schools and kindergartens connected to biomass heating systems within the EU-UNDP funded Moldova Energy and Biomass Project. Beginning with 2013, the Course on Renewables and Energy Efficiency has been included in the list of optional school subjects by the decision approved by the Ministry of Education, and is available in all schools of the country.

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 (EUR 14 million) and UNDP Moldova (EUR 560,000).

Contact Information

Ina Prisăcaru-Zglavuţă, Communication and Media Officer, Moldova Energy and Biomass Project,  ina.zglavuta@undp.org