The centre of excellence in Green Energy was officially inaugurated on 30th July 2021 by Don Bosco Tech Africa Deputy Director Br. John Njuguna. DBTA under the Green TVET pillar assisted the school to set up the centre of excellence in renewable energy, waste water and waste management.
The event, which was organized by the centre management together with the students who are members of the Green Club, allowed the center to present its achievements in vocational education and environmental protection to those present. Apart from the presentation of the trades offered by the center, other major achievements which are the pride of the center of excellence were presented. These are the photovoltaic system, the sewage treatment system, the rainwater collection system as well as the waste management.
Some of the goals for the day were:
- Improved visibility;
- The presentation of graduates competency and skills
- Awareness of environmental protection;
- Presentation of the centre’s achievements in the context of environmental protection
In his address during the launch, Br. Njuguna said that equipping the youth with skills and knowledge for employment and self-employment is the same as opening the door of opportunity for them. He further added that through this centre the institution will be able to collect rainwater which can be used for agricultural purposes. Additionally, through the waste water management system the water will be used to irrigate the tree nursery and the trees in the compound to enable a green environment.
The green clubs are already in place to help in promoting and preserving the environment. All these measures are aimed at helping young people grow in a dignified environment in order for them to be obedient to God, love their neighbours and be honest citizens. Br. Njuguna expressed a word of appreciation to Don Bosco Mondo – Bonn for funding the project.
In conclusion, he urged everyone to take care of the systems that have been put to place for efficiency purposes.
The installed solar system has enabled the school to reduce their electricity bill from 2 million Burundi francs to 20,000 BUF.
Others present during the launch were representatives from the Ministry of National Education, Ministry of environment, agriculture and livestock, the mayor’s office, the private sector – especially in the solar energy sector, the representative of the VIS, the Network for the Promotion of Environmental Education in Burundi (RPEEBU) representatives to which the green club of Don Bosco Buterere belongs, a delegation from the green belt association, Salesians in Burundi as well as the community members of Don Bosco Buterere center among others.
In his address the Director of Don Bosco Buterere Vocational Training Center, Father Ntunzwenimana Ferdinand thanked Don Bosco Tech Africa for the continued support the organization accords to the TVET sector in AGL province.