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Energy education and its future


By Cveto Fendre, Head of Energetic Engineering SC Velenje professional high-school, Slovenia

We wish to create a long-term energy efficiency and renewable energy strategy as well as an operative plan for primary, secondary, higher professional schools and universities at national level. We will contribute to the energy culture of students, teachers, building managers, school management and other representatives of educational institutions. This will take place through different educational and promotional activities, dissemination, informational tools for energy management and energy sustainable organisational measures. With well developed national energy strategy and dissemination activities we will also influence representatives of local authorities and the competent national bodies responsible for national legislation and directly linked with financing of expenses for all energy use and almost all investments in renewable energy sources in the educational sector.

Involving schools and introducing curricular and and extra-curricular activities

a) organisational/practical actions covering energy control operation systemisation, energy management, energy book-keeping, adaptation of school time-tables, making web connections.

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Picture 1: Simple of ŠCV Energy engineering web portal http://ei.scv.si

b) education and training activity for pupils, students, employed staff to make them aware of RUE (Rational use of Energy) and RES (Renewable Energy Sources) in and outside school.

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Picture 2: Meeting of project partners Active Learning and Kids for Future

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Pictures 3 & 4: RES and students

c) implementation of the project weeks of RUE and RES for students
Students participating to the project week on the school subject The rational use of energy made energy audits of their homes and took part of information on rational energy use and renewable energy sources and ecology. This information relates to sustainable development and is today an extremely important modern topic. In addition, pupils participated to laboratory exercises.

One of the school’s energy experts was responsible for the organization of the project and the general learning. Another teacher conducted laboratory exercises with some of the older students, who helped the younger ones and ensured safety. Students of 1st year did experiments in the real environment in accordance with safety regulations. The subject of renewable energy sources was introduced by a school expert and students could learn about the newest applications of solar power technology.

At the final presentation attended by school teachers, students, their parents and media, students presented the results of their home energy audits. These audits will be taken into account in the overall course assessment.


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Pictures 5 & 6: Students of 1st class - The environmental technician – RUE & RES project week