Sisters Impact Africa successfully organized a series of Seminars as they launched a Sustainable Energy Campaign which forms part of an earlier campaign by the organization in April 2017 tagged #SE4Dev2017 (Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development). The goal of this series was to discuss methods of Energy Efficiency, Energy cost savings and to provide YALI certified training on Renewable Energy to participants.
The seminars which held in June 2017 and included presentations on the Sustainable Development Goals while highlighting Social Entrepreneurship as an important tool towards achieving the widespread use of alternative and clean energy as well as in implementing the other Sustainable Development Goals. This first phase of the campaign was conducted across three secondary schools in Nigeria in partnership with Energy Savers Nigeria, Earthplus and the Office of the Special Adviser to the Cross River State Government on SDGs.
A key milestone for Sisters Impact Africa was the launch of their Enercate Initiative for transnational education on sustainable energy and innovations in RE technology.
Over 175 Secondary School students took the YALI Course on ‘’Understanding Renewable Energy’’ with a majority of them being presented with YALI certificates. The results of the first phase of the campaign will be utilized in drafting the roadmap towards increasing sustainable energy education across focus groups and implementing subsequent phases of the campaign. The second phase of this campaign is scheduled to kick off in September 2017.
The convener, Deborah Tamuno-Tonye Braide, founder, Sisters Impact Africa and the Enercate Initiative taught the students how to do basic home energy audits and urged them to begin to develop ideas for social enterprises that can solve the nation’s energy crisis and to do their part in implementing simple Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation practices in their homes.
Mr. Moses Nasamu, Executive Director, Energy Savers Nigeria and sponsor of the Lagos State campaign commended the initiative. In his presentation, he explained the current energy gap in Nigeria, stressing the importance of Energy Efficiency in the nation’s electricity power sector to close this cap.
Grace Ihejiamaizu, a Mandela Washington Fellow and the Executive Director, iKapture Networks and Mr. Olu Ogunlela, Executive Director, Quintessential Solar both spoke on the Sustainable Development Goals and taught the students about social entrepreneurship, citing examples of successful social entrepreneurs that the students could draw inspiration from.
For more information, visit www.enercate.org and www.energysavers.org.ng
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