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Training Transfer of Energy Information Workshop Conducted by CEIS in Trinidad & Tobago

A two-day workshop to Transfer Energy Information to Teachers of Energy in CXC/CAPE Examinations was held in Trinidad & Tobago on January 20th-21st, 2010 at the Bishop Anstey High School & Trinity College East in Trinity, Trinidad. The Workshop was coordinated by the Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) in association with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.


Teachers in attendance at the two-day workshop in Trinidad.

The workshop featured a look at the global, regional and local perspectives as they relate to energy as well as technical presentations on energy efficiency and energy conservation, alternative sources of energy and environmental issues linked to energy. Strategies on how information on energy topics can be gathered for use in the classroom were also covered.

The objective of the workshop was to develop greater awareness and understanding of the subject of energy in the syllabus in the region among teachers of Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Integrated and Environmental Sciences. In turn, it is expected that this information will be passed on to the students they teach. Various aspects of energy are included in the CSEC/CAPE syllabuses.

Approximately 50 teachers were in attendance and they received presentations made by both local and overseas professionals in the energy industry. On the first day, there were five presentations made in addition to the tour. Presenters included Mr. David Small, Director of Policy & Performance Management, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries; Tricia Williamson, who also served as one of the facilitators of the workshop, Technical Information Officer from the Caribbean Energy Information System; Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer, Energy Unit, Ministry of Finance, Grenada; and Dr. Indra Haraksingh, Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago. On the second day, other presenters were Mr. Alan Clarke, Senior Engineer, Generation Interface, Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Company who was ably assisted by Mr. K. Seebaran of the Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Company and Mr. Ian Ramdahin, Chief Mechanical Engineer (Ag.), HSE/Measurement Division with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.

Allan Clarke  from TTEC taking questions from the audience.

Allan Clarke from TTEC taking questions from the audience.

A tour of a solar water heater installed at a host home in Trincity was also done and it allowed teachers to see the application of a solar energy technology in action. The host home is one of several involved in the Pilot Solar Water Heating Project in Host Homes of Trinidad & Tobago.

Dr. Haraksingh explains to Leisel Davis-Seepaul how the solar water system works (red)

Dr. Haraksingh explains to Leisel Davis-Seepaul how the solar water system works (red)

Similar workshops were conducted in Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts & Nevis.

The CEIS is headquartered in Kingston Jamaica at the Scientific Research Council (SRC). Its membership comprises eighteen (18) Caribbean countries of which Dominica is one. Its role is to facilitate the exchange of energy information among Caribbean countries.

The CEIS also manages the Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy (CIPORE) – CIPORE is the information and communication Platform for the exchange of renewable energy information for the Caribbean- it is an output from the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP).

Caribbean Energy Information System
Scientific Research Council,
Hope Gardens,
Tel: 876-927-1779
Fax: 876-927-1840

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