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Last Friday saw the validation of the renewable energy entrepreneurship syllabus by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The syllabus will be applicable for senior secondary schools, vocational, tertiary and higher education institutions across the country.

The Point reported that the programme will cover common accepted criteria and standards, knowledge and skills for small scale renewable energy sources among others.

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Breakdown of the syllabus

For the vocational, tertiary and higher education institutions under the solar PV course, leaners are expected to learn basics, design principles, installation, and case study best practices.

This will include for example installation of a small scale PV project and maintenance thereof as well as troubleshooting quality management and customer care.

Meanwhile for senior secondary school learners, the course aims to develop an interest, motivation and sense of achievement in the study of the course.

It also aims to educate learners to develop the ability to describe and explain concepts, principles, systems, processes and applications related to renewable energy technologies and entrepreneurship.

Students will also be exposed to various topics including energy science, fossil fuel and climate change.

“The main objective of the project is to introduce renewable energy in the school curricula, so as to enable the future generation, that is the young, to embrace renewable energy.

“This will enable greater understanding of the subject by the people and thus help the government’s efforts to promote renewable energy for national development,” said permanent secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Lamin Camara.