Spotlight on LeNSes – the Learning Network on Sustainable energy systems

Date: 20 September 2017

Related Project: The Learning Network for Sustainable Energy Systems

The LeNSes project is an action of curriculum and lifelong learning capacity development aimed at promoting a new generation of designers (and design educators and researcher) capable Designing System for Sustainable Energy for All (SD4SEA), to effectively contribute to locally-based sustainability.
After three years of project implementation, the following results were achieved:

  • implementation of 4 pilot and 4 curricular courses in African Universities (280 participants);
  • implementation of 4 lifelong learning courses for African Small and Medium Enterprises (60 participants);
  • development of one international conference (> 100 participants).

As support for the knowledge and know-how generated, the open learning e-package on the project platform counts: 12 courses on SD4SEA (Sustainable Development for sustainable energy Access) with about 100 lectures with slides and videos by 37 professors/lecturer/researchers; 26 design tools; 30 case studies; and 40 students’ projects.

Educational activities have begun in the partner HEIs: Knowledge and know-how developed during project have been adapted in 4 curricular courses (University of Botswana - Cape Peninsula University of Technology); course accreditation by the National Council for Higher Education (Makerere University).

Finally, LeNS Africa Universities network was relaunched (during project conference) and aims at diffusing System Design for Sustainable Energy for All in University curricula.

The LeNSes project has selected two individuals to share their experiences of their involvement. Corbin Raymond a 24 year old Masters student completing his Master's Degree in Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and Mbaari Kinya (Ph.D.) an energy and environmental technology professional based in the Strathmore Business School at Strathmore University in Nairobi.


Spotlight: Corbin Raymond, Masters student, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Spotlight: Mbaari Kinya (Ph.D.) Energy and environmental technology professional, Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University, Nairobi.

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