The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Germany, together with the German Society for Solar Energy, has recently launched an internet platform in Ethiopia that will allow users to complete training in the field of solar technology, project leaders said. The training is supported by the Ethiopian Ministries of Energy and Education.
The project is taking place in two pilot regions in the north of that northeastern African nation. There, 2,200 young adults, 30 percent of whom are women, are currently being trained practically and theoretically in the use of photovoltaic systems. “Renewable energy provides clean, sustainable energy, especially in places that have not yet been developed,” project leaders said.
Technical and Business Knowledge
“The ADRA-backed initiative will enable students to continue their digital education,” ADRA leaders said, speaking of the learning platform, which has been named ADRA Solar.
In seven modules, prospective technicians learn everything about the installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems. They also gain business knowledge, leaders said. The platform is state-recognized and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
About ADRA Germany
ADRA Germany is part of a global network of humanitarian aid that is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, with 118 independent country offices and about 7,500 full-time employees. The humanitarian organization partners with local communities, organizations, and governments to deliver relief and development assistance. The office in Germany was established in 1987. It currently employs around 50 people and is located in Weiterstadt near Darmstadt, a few hours’ drive from the recent flooded area. For more information, see www.adra.de.
About the German Society for Solar Energy
The German Society for Solar Energyis the German section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). It was founded in Munich in 1975 by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. The association has set itself the task of changing the energy industry to a sustainable economy through the broad introduction of renewable energies. It also sees itself as an intermediary between scientists, engineers, architects, the construction industry, crafts, industry, authorities, and parliaments. At the same time, it is a consumer protection association recognized as a non-profit organization.