Dorian Henricot is an volunteer from Engineers Without Boarders (INUG) Stockholm. This is a cross post from INUG Stockholms project page
Dorian at the company RACELL
My trip in Uganda started on July 29th, and the target for the first week was to meet various players in the renewable energy business in Uganda. Together with Daniel Musiba, we managed to meet many representatives with different purposes:
- Developing internship agreements with organizations or companies for our future students to do their field work in. Priority has been given to players of the solar heating business, who were not merely importing ready-made devices, so that the knowledge transfer could be most profitable. Approximately six internship placements (only for SWH) have been identified, requirements being conditioned by the activity level of the company. Besides, we succeeded in placing our Solar Water Heating trainer – Rogers Kubaale – for two weeks internship in the only local company found that actually assembled solar heaters: Solar Construct.
- Enhancing knowledge transfer with local players aware about the local business environment, including other vocational training centers and NGOs. Different projects have been discovered with interesting perspectives we could learn from, may it be in PV or biogas. We are in the process of placing Rogers for 2 to 3 days in a training center led by RACell for him to get to know how such a well running operates.
- Exploring fundraising opportunities with local institutions (embassies, EU delegation, Total). It appears that our project might be perfectly eligible at a further level of maturity. A roadmap over the coming two to three years should be defined once the institute begins operations, in order to get funding.
- Marketing our projects to the players to raise awareness and build a business network, but also to discuss possible research partnerships, opportunities for company technicians to be trained in our centers, etc.
Have a good day!
Dorian Henricot dorian_henricot (at) hotmail.fr
Daniel MUSIBA talks about the role of the teacher in the.
Hi Daniel, tell me what kind of teacher methods you will use in the course and why. How will you use ICT?
The course will be based on case studies, this mean giving lively examples or referring to anything that can make some one understand what is being taught and what has been taught- As a teacher I will apply case studies basing on the existing experiences in ICT, I will also allow all the students who feel like giving several examples on what is being studied to give examples so that those who will be having few ideas on what being taught get enough case studies to ease their learning. Similarly as a teacher of ICT will have to make sure that theory is turned into practical’s, how?. I will be able to organise ICT demonstrations whereby every student will be given an equal opportunity to demonstrate what he or she has learnt in class, in the process weaknesses will be identified and corrected. Students will also be sent for field work as a supplementary to case studies and getting enough experience, tests will be done and exams done at the end of the each semester, all to ensure that students can what they are supposed to get.
How will the students cooperate?
Another important thing to note is students learning from each other, as a teacher am a ware that in a class people have different experiences gained in ICT, we also have quick and slow leaners, there I pause a question for my self, how am I going to help the slow learners to cope up?. To begin with there is going to be a class assessment to identify those with some skills that is to say experience and those with little ideas. As a teacher after assessment I will divide students into small groups, anybody who has some experience in ICT will be put together with somebody with little knowledge so that during group discussions they are able help the slow learners. Active class presentations on the course work given will be considered so that Multiple Intelligences are identified and enough time given to students to do their presentations as time is one of the most important factor considered during teaching.
In what way you students will appreciate you as a teacher?
Critical reflection on what is in place to make the class more aware of what I will be teaching, I will also ask student whether they will be understanding what I will be teaching or not, an opportunity to repeat what is being taught will be available from the teacher at a no cost, the teacher will also be responsible for motivation of students in class through talking about successful people and telling every student that he or she can make it to success, normally as a teacher I can realise when the class is boring, there I have to crack a joke with the students so that they can have a simple refreshment of the mind, more still students will have breaks. A conducive environment will be created by the teacher whereby classes will be conducted in a cool environment without much noise for interference so that adults can be helped learn well.
This was also post at inug.se
In the coming weeks in April, project members of eSeeker Uganda, Engineers Without Boarders Stockholm and Stockholm College will go to Uganda to start the Renewable energy education in Uganda. We will complete the training program, train the teachers and accept some students to the course. We will report on the training when we start.
The purpose of the project is to offer vocational training in renewable energy to youth and women of Iganga district and the entire Busoga region. The project will offer courses in renewable energy in two areas: 1) Solar energy to include: Photovoltaic (PV) and water heating, 2) Biogas. The courses will be localised to suite needs of the region, and short to last one year with a possibility for student alumni to be guided and helped in setting up micro enterprises after completing the course.
The training will facilitate learners with knowledge on renewable energy, environmental and social sustainability, ICT, and entrepreneurship. To implement this project a team of different organisations with experience in development and education activities internationally namely INUG (Engineers without borders Sweden), Education Finder Sweden (EF) and Volunteers have partnered with local organisations eSeeker Uganda a branch of Education Finder in Uganda and Busoga University (BU).
Read more on the project blog
Teacher training programme in Kenya, supported by MKFC Stockholm College and Sharing Awareness.
Technical innovation and human development goes hand in hand. But access to new technology and technical change is largely unequal on a global scale. “Technological justice” is a concept central to understanding this unfortunate pattern.
“The concept of technological justice requires a rethinking of how — both in the developing and the developed world — we encourage and nurture technological innovation that has social value and is environmentally sustainable”, writes Simon Trace in an article for Mashable.com. Trace is the CEO of the international development charity Practical Action, an organization that works to help poor people in developing countries transform their lives through the use of technology. In responding to social, economic, and environmental changes, technical innovation is essential, adds Trace:
At the moment, the world exists in what could be called a “double whammy” state of technological injustice. Not only does technology innovation and dissemination overwhelmingly favor the wants of today’s rich and powerful consumers in the developed world over the needs of the poor in the developing world, it also overwhelmingly prioritizes the aspirations of today’s generation over those of future generations.
MKFC Stockholm College believes that part of this technological injustice can be overcome by making quality distance education and online learning available in developing countries and areas which have traditionally been referred to as “remote”. Read more about what we do here.
How can progressive e-learning methods help educate teachers for every child in developing countries? Read more about the work of charity organization Sharing Awareness here.
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