Solar Workshop Lights Up College des Saviors

In today's world, we often hear about sustainability and the idea of becoming stewards of our natural resources. Conservation, creativity, and community involvement with natural resources have all been key components of GBA’s curriculum at College des Saviors from the beginning. We are constantly looking for ways to become more accountable to our environment, for the benefit of the Earth and each other.

From clean water to waste management, students and staff at College des Saviors school have learned about environmental topics, gone on field trips, and applied their knowledge to community issues. In October, they tried out a new idea: a sustainability workshop.

 College des Saviors school staff, aided by community Pastor Dan and his group, hosted a solar energy workshop last month. The school recently installed a solar panel on its roof. Over 250 students and 25 adults participated in the two-day workshop. Students came from both primary and secondary school levels and got hands-on experience.

Pastor Dan does a demonstration for the students

Pastor Dan does a demonstration for the students

Students eagerly watch and wait for their turn to try

Students eagerly watch and wait for their turn to try

 The workshop’s method of teaching embodied the “learning by teaching” technique, as the initial facilitators prepared lessons to teach to a second group of facilitators who went on to teach the students. The facilitators were mostly adults, but students Beya Beya and Mbwebwe were chosen to teach their peers alongside the adults as well (see the slideshow below). They were thrilled to have the opportunity and thrived in the experience. 

A solar-powered light shines bright in the demonstration!

A solar-powered light shines bright in the demonstration!

 The student participants at the workshop learned the basics of solar power and practiced using solar-powered devices and solar installation. Students were amazed by the solar-powered radios and fans! They also received solar lights to take home in hopes that they can continue the cycle of teaching and learning with others (pictured below in the final slideshow).

Students got hands on practice with solar devices and installation

Students got hands on practice with solar devices and installation

Students loved using solar-powered fans and radios!

Students loved using solar-powered fans and radios!

The workshop was a huge success!

The workshop was a huge success!