The National Technical Training Institute (NTTI) was the venue for an event themed “Engaging University Students in Clean Energy.” The event was part of Clean Energy Week Cambodia (November 1 through 8) and was presented by a nonet of volunteer students. It was the first of six events at Phnom Penh schools, and was attended by a large number of interested students.
One of EnergyLab’s Clean Energy Youth Ambassadors, Ying Sreypov, is a student of environmental science at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC). She told Youth Today that she is member of a group of students from different universities in Phnom Penh who participate in an internship programme organised by EnergyLab. Their goal as Clean Energy Week ambassadors is to arouse public awareness of the need for clean energy in the near future – prime targets for their campaign are students.
Ms Sreypov said of her team’s objective: “We want students to know the importance of understanding clean energy. I am sure that they somehow hear about it at school, yet not many show interest in the topic. Perhaps they think it is not as important as other fields. We, as ambassadors, want students to be conscious of the basic need for clean energy in Cambodia, and worldwide.”
She added that her team had previously done much research and analysis on how to get their fellow students to think critically about energy management and how it will affects their lives.
Chin Ol is a former student of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (also known as Sala Techno) majoring in electrical and energy engineering. Her audio-visual presentation raised many interesting points, for example: renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean energy transition. She also made a challenging prognosis for 2050, based on her research data, which awoke the curiosity of the listeners.
“Our government has recently started to encourage people to use renewable energy. I am trying to inject this idea into people and hope they will start to consider using it. They can gradually take action, and it will not be hard if they are curious about it since, as students, they can do their research in technical schools.”
Ms Ol’s two years of work in rural Cambodia allowed her to see first-hand that many people in rustic regions are still deprived of sufficient electricity. The struggles of those people inspired her to work as a volunteer and do what she can to help them. “When I see their difficulties, I look back on my childhood. I come from the province and have felt the difficulties caused by a lack of access to electricity. So now I want to help them by working to develop renewable energy in remote areas.”
One of the hundred students attending the presentation, Sophany Sinich, hopes to gain more knowledge about energy and plans to work in the field of energy management after graduation. “Some points in today’s presentation were new to me, even though my major is energy engineering. Since the presenter also spoke of internships, I will consider applying for one.”