An energy education programme, funded by the Housing Executive, received top marks in a survey from the schools visited last year.
Delivered in partnership with Bryson Energy, this unique programme is designed to inspire children to address energy efficiency both in school and at home. It teaches children how to be energy efficient so they can save energy and money - vital for helping to tackle fuel poverty. Last year 160 schools were visited with over 7,400 pupils plus their teachers taking part in the fun interactive sessions. They looked at how energy is generated, learnt about the different types of fuel, why insulation is used, what renewable energy is, the results of pollution, climate change, the effects of global warming and how to be more energy efficient in everyday activities.
Noel Rice, the Housing Executive’s Energy Conservation Manager, is delighted with this year’s results. He said…
“The Housing Executive is the Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland and we want to promote energy efficiency when and where we can. The issue of fuel poverty remains a major issue across Northern Ireland but we believe that by teaching people how to be energy efficient from a young age there will be a positive long-term impact. Not only do children bring the message home but they are the householders of the future.”
Elaine Brownlee, an education advisor with Bryson Energy, who works on the schools programme, commented:
"Pupils across Northern Ireland continue to show a genuine interest in the impact of climate change and global warming. They readily participate in learning how simple changes to their energy use, and that of their family, can make a difference.
“I have delivered the programme for nearly ten years and over this time I’ve seen a real shift in attitude to energy use. Children are now so much more aware of renewable energy, its benefits, and how energy conservation can have a positive impact on their life. This is so encouraging and a real testament to the Housing Executive’s long-term vision as it continues investing in the education programme."
Schools interested in a visit from September should contact Elaine at Bryson Energy 028 6634 0798 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured below are Elaine Brownlee from Bryson Energy and Robert Clements from the NIHE with pupils from St Patrick’s P.S, Maghera and their teacher Trea Duggan.