A Teacher Training Workshop was held in Grenada from May 28 to 29, 2009 at the Grenada Cricket Ground – Conference Room. This is the continuation of the Energy Information Transfer to Teachers of Energy in CSEC and CAPE series being done throughout the region and was a joint initiative between CEIS, GTZ and the Energy Unit of the Ministry of Finance in Grenada. Similar workshops were previously completed in Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts/Nevis.
The purpose of the workshops is to seek to develop greater awareness and understanding of energy issues in the region among teachers, so that they can impart this information to the students sitting the aforementioned examinations.
Specific objectives included:-
- Educating the teachers of energy and energy-related subjects in schools and training colleges on matters relating to the high cost of energy and the socio-economic impact.
- Providing the teachers of energy and energy-related subjects with the basic information, knowledge and skills required to effectively institute and strengthen energy, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable and sustainable energy as part of the National Science Ccurriculum.
- To, in turn, have the trained teachers pass this information to their students, and to sensitize their colleagues as part of a “Train the Trainer” programme.
- Encouraging the local school community to become more actively involved in energy programmes that are designed to reduce overall energy consumption, as well as decrease the negative impact of fossil fuels in the environment.
Some 35 participants representing all of the High schools in Grenada as well as the Teachers Training College attended the Workshop. These were mainly teachers of Physics, Chemistry, Integrated Science and Geography of CSEC and CAPE’s Sustainable Energy Resources section from the High schools.
Presentations took the form of modules and were done in Powerpoint format. Six presenters covered topics including global, regional and national outlook, energy conservation and efficiency, energy and the environment, energy information sources, electricity generation, solar energy and photovoltaics, and wind energy technology.
The Workshop was conducted over a two-day period with Day I focusing on Energy/Energy Conservation and Efficiency/ Environment and Day II focusing on Energy Resources and Technology.
Participants were then broken out into four groups to explore examination questions and strategies for presenting material to their students. Each group was led by a leader who had the responsibility to make a presentation to all participants on behalf of their groups.
Resource material included shortened outlines of the PowerPoint presentations. At the end of the workshops, CD ROMs are to be distributed to each participant after the Workshop. Downloads of presentations from the GTZ team are to be found on a GTZ server or on the CIPORE platform.
The media in Grenada played a positive role by making the information on the Workshop available to the general public. Live ‘on air “sessions were done on the TV morning program, and various other programs throughout the two days. The event was also carried on the local prime time TV news.
There were several articles on the event also in the print media.
Teachers were asked to complete feedback questionnaires which were analysed and the results tabulated as follows:
PERCENTAGE RATES FOR COMPLETE TRAINING WORKSHOP
RATINGS FOR QUALITY OF TRAINING OFFERED
RATINGS FOR PRESENTATION OF WORKSHOP
RATINGS FOR OBJECTIVE OF WORKSHOP
RATINGS FOR OBJECTIVE OF WORKSHOP
Material Covered vs Time
RATINGS FOR WORKSHOP MATERIALS
RATINGS FOR WORKSHOP FACILITIES (room, audio visual equipment etc.)