The 14th edition of the MGA ended today, delivered through online lessons due to the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the difficulties and the challenging new modalities, the vocational capacity building was successfully implemented and 55 participants from about ten sub-Saharan countries were trained on mini-grids engineering, components and system design.
At the end of the course, the students had the opportunity to participate in a field visit to St. Kizito’s facility. Built by AVSI in the north-eastern outskirts of Nairobi with the support of the local Archdiocese and of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute is one of the founding partners of the MGA with whom it shares the vision on the fundamental role that education plays in the development process. Every year, the institute provides vocational opportunities and technical trainings related to energy and electricity, addressed in particular to young women who are much more disadvantaged in looking for appropriate education and employment. The 19 MGA students who took part in the visit had the opportunity to experience in person the dynamics learnt during Module 3 of the MGA. A key role, both during the online training and in the organisation of the field visit, was played by Pauline Mweu, tutor of this session and MGA alumna herself, and by Esther Wanza, who accompanied the students.
Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General of RES4Africa Foundation, sent a message of appreciation and encouragement to the students for the end of the course, inviting them to enhance their engagement in the renewable energy sector of their countries and to continue with their commitment to become key players in the achievement of the SDG7 in the complex sub-Saharan area.
“A heartfelt thanks to Enel Foundation for its support, and to all our MGA partners” added Mr. Vigotti “We are glad to continue to plan the 2021 activities of the MGA in collaboration with Strathmore University, Kenya Power, St. Kizito, AVSI and EACREEE”.