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Rural Internet Access - SESA

The course centres on crucial themes of information and energy accessibility for communities. It features four lectures covering regional competence ... Show more
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The course centres on crucial themes of information and energy accessibility for communities. It features four lectures covering regional competence centres, Infospots, digital inclusion, and sustainability, showcasing practical solutions with affordable equipment. The course empowers participants to connect schools and communities, emphasizing the link between knowledge and climate action. Language support is provided, inviting individuals to enrol and make a difference in their communities by enhancing access to essential information and energy resources.

The course is made up of 4 lessons, each one comprising one short video, a list of further readings and a quiz to test the understanding of the content. Following a passing grade from each quiz, participants will receive a certificate after completing the course.

Each lesson will focus on a specific topic covering fundamental elements that make the topic successful, including:

  • Digital inclusion and sustainable development in rural regions
  • Competence centre for connectivity and regional information
  • Establishing village information spot (InfoSpot)
  • Providing information on energy

The SESA capacity building programme consists of six courses, which dive into six specific technologies investigated by the SESA project to help participants understand what alternative energy sources exist and how they work. In addition to solar energy, these technologies include clean cooking, waste to energy, electric mobility, second-life EV batteries, smart microgrid & system integration and rural internet access.

This course is aimed at those who want to enter the world of sustainable energy, seek alternatives to conventional energy sources and opt for sustainable development in both urban and rural contexts. Those include, but are not limited to high school students, technical staff from municipalities and professionals in the field of energy.

Examples and cases are mainly taken from different countries in Africa, hence the course may be more relevant for those settled on the African continent, but can also be applicable to those living in a similar context.

Videos and classes are currently only available in English. However, we are working on a solution that will allow translations into other relevant languages.

Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) is a collaborative EU-funded project between the European Union and nine African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania) that aims at providing energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in Africa.

Over the course of this 4-year project (2021-2025), a variety of solutions will be investigated and tested in different contexts. Such contexts include decentralised renewable energies (solar photovoltaics), innovative energy storage systems including the use of second-life Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries, smart microgrids, waste-to-energy systems (biomass to biogas), climate-proofing, resilience and adaptation, and rural internet access.

Innovations will be co-created in living labs that the project has set up to foster the cooperation between consortium members, innovators and local communities, and tested in both urban and rural environments following a three tiers approach. Initial testing will be done at the demonstration site in Kenya (Katito and Homabay), then validated in Ghana, Malawi, Morocco and South Africa and finally replicated in Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania).

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