energy efficiency

On Monday, South Africa’s public power firm Eskom reiterated its integrated demand management energy efficiency schools’ programme, introduced in 2002, aims to educate electricity users of the importance of energy efficiency.

Eskom stated that it has developed educator guides and learner activity sheets for Grade R to Grade 9 pupils and teachers.

“Eskom believes it is critical to educate electricity consumers of all ages about the importance of efficient electricity usage in the home and across all business sectors in South Africa. This education programme plays a key role in helping to teach pupils about the importance of energy efficiency from an early age,” the utility said in a statement.

Guides on energy efficiency

The energy group explained that the educator guides and learner activity sheets have been developed by an education expert to complement each subject per grade and per phase. Since electricity is already included in the school curriculum, the material is an ideal source of supplementary information on energy efficiency.

A statement read: “Material for the foundation phase is based on the principles of integration and play-based learning and comprises short, structured teaching and learning activities guided by the teacher.”

Material for the intermediary phase is said to feature repetitive activities across the grades adapted according to the level of the subject skills required for a grade. Material for the senior phase is reported to focus on outcomes such as energy transfer in electrical systems and renewable energy.

Energy efficiency programme made fun

In addition to making the Eskom’s energy efficiency programme fun to the little ones, teachers of Grade R learners can also use Ruby and the Powerpals, a children’s book containing four stories, each with its own sing-along-song on CD.

The book introduces children aged 5 to 7 to Ruby, a little girl who learns how to save electricity by interacting with four special friends in her home – Laaitie the Light Switch; Hottie the Hot Tap; Freddie the Fridge; and TiniRimote, the television remote.

All the Eskom energy efficiency material for teachers and learners is available free of charge at www.eskom.co.za/idm. The Ruby book is available for download at www.rubybook.co.za.