As part of the Caribbean Energy Awareness and Education Programme (CEEAP), and its Learn and Save campaign, the Office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Dominica delivered to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, learning materials and toolkits that will help educators teach students about the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Changing the established patterns of energy consumption and production is a major social challenge which requires broad public support, and as we look toward the sustainable development of the Caribbean region, teachers and students have an important part to play.
This effort is part of an OAS executed, European Union funded initiative entitled the “Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP)”, which delivered two regional workshops in preparation for the handing over of these materials.
These workshops were attended by representatives from the Ministries of Education of the seven participating countries; Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The second workshop held in September 2012 provided delegates with training on the use of the educational materials, along with additional educational resources from the North-American organization KidWind, which has been engaging teachers and students to effectively incorporate sustainable energy science into their classroom curricula for nearly a decade.
The project’s objective is to provide educators with effective teaching materials, the training and confidence to communicate and transfer knowledge of the science behind sustainable energy to students in their home countries, and thus promote education on sustainable energy for all.