Today, Rowena a CAFOD Education volunteer in training, joined Bea at CTK. Our Brief was to get the children to make a large poster of messages to the World Bank about alternative energy investments.
After an assembly where the children learned about how putting solar panels in a school, clinic and internet cafe, and a solar pump on the water supply changed the lives of many in a district in Kenya, we discussed the importance of solar power.
They learned that the global North mostly benefits from renewable energies. However, we learnt that the technology has become so good, that it is not as expensive to install as it was 10 years ago. It has also become more efficient and now can be stored in banks of batteries.
Our brothers and sisters in the Global South can benefit from these improvements. CAFOD and her partners are installing solar power in communities in need and making a big difference. CAFOD feels using this technology is far less polluting than energy produced from fossil fuels, like paraffin lanterns and petrol driven generators for those who could afford them.
Children from year 2 learnt they could send a message to the Global North and wrote their say on “rays” to go on the sun poster.
One child wrote, “Why aren’t solar-power systems free for the Global South?
Everyone, teachers and children alike wrote their messages and we made 4 posters.
Year 6 pupils, Shiarna, Emilia, Luis and Callum stayed to talk about their experience with the workshop.
Luis said “It’s important that the global South gets to use solar energy”
The others were impressed with having their say for those without a voice, and sending the message to the world.
Emilia said, “We got to say what we think”
Callum chimed in, “It’s good to express my opinion”
Many thanks everyone, Love and God Bless, Bea
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