Okamatapati learners trained in solar energy systems

07 Aug 2017 13:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 AUG (NAMPA) - Seventeen Grade 8 and 9 learners at the Okamatapati Combined School (CS) in the Otjozondjupa Region have received training in solar system installations and repairs.
A weeklong theoretical and practical training conducted by a team of renewable energy specialists funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s started last Monday and ran to Friday.
Renewable energy specialist, Corris Kaapehi offered the training to 10 girls and seven boys with a passion for green and renewable energy systems.
“The main objective of the training was to transfer practical knowledge to the learners on how renewable energy works,” Kaapehi told Nampa in an interview.
He said the 17 learners were first introduced to solar panels, wiring, different forms of renewable energy systems and how they work to produce electricity.
Theoretical and practical teaching methodologies were applied inside classrooms with simplified terminologies of the green and renewable energy systems.
Learners had the opportunity to work with mini-solar panels and connect wires through dismantling and setting up the solar systems to generate electricity.
Kaapehi said the practical part of this training was done repeatedly until each participant had grasped the sequence of actions when setting up such a system.
Each learner received a certificate of attendance on Friday.
Okamatapati CS principal, Jonathan Tjakuva in an interview with Nampa on Monday said the world is moving fast towards the use of renewable energy and there is a need to expose school-goers to the systems and concepts at an early stage.
He suggested more and similar practical training for learners in Namibia.
Tjivekuatua Kakumai, a Okamatapati CS Grade 9 learner who participated in the programme, told Nampa he found the training interesting.
“We were taught how to set up a mini-solar panel to generate electricity from it during our lessons,” he said.
Another participant, 16-year-old Vindina Tjazejako, said renewable energy is less pollutant to the environment and should be promoted.
Project Co-ordinator of Promoting Renewable Energy in Namibia (PREN), Charles Seibeb who also formed part of the trainers, said on Monday that similar practical training sessions will take place at three rural schools that are far from the national power grid.
“We have the funds to continue with this training in renewable energy until 2019,” he said adding the three schools are still to be identified before the end of this year.
Seibeb said about 22 learners at the Gustav Kandjii Senior Secondary School in the Omaheke Region received this training in July this year.