In order to create and empower clean energy entrepreneurs, the wPOWER Hub at Wangari Maathai Institute developed the training of trainers course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship. This training forms part of wPOWER Hub activities towards the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) project that was launched by the US State Department in January 2013. This course is aimed at nurturing change agents and equipping them with skills and tools they need to bring about, as Wangari Maathai hoped, community transformation in clean energy, environmental stewardship and livelihood improvements.
Course Development Process
This course was developed through a consultative process that started with gap analysis and included a series of stakeholder’s consultations.
The gap analysis/needs assessment and recommendations for areas of focus for hub training and field exchange visits was done in consultation with wPOWER partners Care International in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya, and Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) in India. It sort to get recommendations for training module development and field exchange visits for improving business in clean energy technologies focusing on East Africa, Nigeria and India.
The First Stakeholder’s Consultation
The first stakeholders’ consultation was held on 3rd April, 2014 at the Green Belt Movement Training Center in Lang’ata, with 31 participants drawn from the energy, natural resource management, empowerment and entrepreneurship sectors, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Green Belt Movement (GBM), New Course and the University of Nairobi.
Prof. S.G. Kiama, facilitating stakeholders forum on curriculum development.
Ms. Wanjira Maathai facilitating a group discussion
wPOWER Hub Curriculum Development Workshop
The wPOWER Hub curriculum development workshop was held in Naivasha on the 28th and 29th of April, 2014 with 19 participants drawn from the energy, natural resource management, empowerment and entrepreneurship sectors, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Green Belt Movement (GBM), New Course, Amani Institute and the University of Nairobi.
Development of the Training Manuals
Development of the training manuals by the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies was spearheaded by seven anchors who held a total of six meetings to deliberate on the content and process of delivery.
From the right, Prof. David N. Mungai, Ms. Terry Githinji, Mr. Peter Fella and Prof. S.G. Kiama, Academic Director, wPOWER Hub in an anchors meeting
From the right, Mrs. Lilian Njehu, Mr. Peter Fella, Ms. Njoki Njehu, Ms. Wanjira Maathai, Project Director, wPOWER Hub, Dr. Thuita Thenya and Prof. Peter Blaze Corcoran in an anchors meeting
Review and harmonization workshop
The content developed by the anchors was further put through a critical review during the review and harmonization workshop held on 4th July, 2014 at the Green Belt Movement Langata Training Centre. The thirty (30) were drawn from the first stakeholders meeting, curriculum development workshop and a few experts in the clean energy sector.
The achors were;
Empowering and Developing Transformative Leaders:
Ms. Njoki Njoroge Njehu (Executive Director, Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center, Kenya) and Ms. Ayla Schlosser (Executive Director, Resonate, Rwanda);
Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship:
Dr. Mary Njenga (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bioenergy/Woodfuel at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) & Adj. Asst. Professor Dept. of Geography at North Illinois University), Roshan Paul, Ilaina Rabbat, & Peter Fella (President, Executive Director and Operations Manager, respectively, Amani Institute),
Dr Thenya Thuita (University of Nairobi) and Mrs. Lilian Njehu (Board Member & Food Security Expert, the Green Belt Movement)
Developing and Delivering Content: Prof. David Mungai (University of Nairobi)