Rwanda has set to become a knowledge-based economy and a middle-income country by 2020. Therefore there is an important role of employment for economic development and poverty reduction.It is in this context that STES GROUP, identified a huge skill gap among the youth and initiated a training program in the Internet of Things(IoT) and solar technologies (offgrid and ongrid solar systems). Below are some photos of our training from May 27th to June 14th 2019.
The specific objectives of this training were the following:
- Describe IoT and how it works today
- To program and build IoT devices
- Powering IoT devices with solar PV modules
- Understand basics of PV modules
- To design ongrid and offgrid solar systems using software
- To power IoT devices using solar PV module
The overall objective of this training program was to foster the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship among participants through empowering the youth with hands-on skills in emerging technologies which will result in:
- Being job creators by providing solutions in different sectors such as agriculture devices and irrigation systems, energy, health, security, transport, telecommunications, construction, solar irrigation systems, home lighting systems, solar street lights, solar power plant (offgrid and ongrid), solar water heater, all required installations and others.
- Developing products that are marketable at national and international level which will promote MADE IN RWANDA products.
The second batch of students started on 8th July 2019 and it consists of Congolese students from Hope Africa University and other local people.They are interested to learn more about solar technologies to explore opportunities in their country as the country is still at low electrification (15% as of 2016).