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Educational Initiative

Quite often the power produced out of biomass is negatively perceived at the society level, being categorised as an old practice associated with rural areas and poverty and a pollutant for the environment, which requires substantial physical work. Due to these reasons a change of attitude may be required through broad awareness campaigns to be started from the most fundamental society level. Education of the younger generations in schools proved to be one of the most effective approaches when we talk about sustainable changes at the society level – an approach extensively used by the United Nations Development Programme.

To this end, MEBP has launched an Educational Initiative on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency targeting the use of renewable energy sources, especially biomass, and the practices for rational use of power resources based on energy efficiency and energy conservation measures.

This Educational Initiative covers all schools from the recipient communities of the Energy and Biomass Project, with the intention to involve school students and teachers in interactive and practical activities dealing with the promotion of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency practices. For example, students and teachers build samples of installations based on renewable energy, take part in debates on a variety of topics relating to alternative power and energy efficiency, carry out study-visits to biomass-fired boiler plants and prepare practical papers and topic researches to be shared with their colleagues, parents, community decision-makers, etc. The most active school students have the opportunity to take part in topic-related summer camps where they can deepen their knowledge on sustainable power and energy efficiency. The first summer camp with an eco-energy specificity was organised in June 2012 with great success.

MEBP, jointly with the field-related group of experts developed an educational brochure titled ”Renewable Energy Sources” and Teacher’s Guidelines to be used as supporting materials for the implementation of this initiative in schools. Also, a Mascot named ENERGEL was devised for this campaign. ENERGEL is a partner and friend of school students and young people in the process of exploration of eco-energy and rational energy consumption.