ADPP Mozambique has recently taken a new step in its efforts in fighting against and mitigating the effects of climate change. The Launching Ceremony of the Climate Change Resource Center Project, elaborated in the context of EDULINK and funded by the European Union (EU), took place at the end of January 2014 at the ADPP One World University (OWU/ISET) in Changalane.
The 3-year Project will initiate in early 2014 and will be led by the 1st year students of the Bachelor’s Degree on Community Development – Fighting With the Poor. During the initial phase, the students of the 2012 and 2013 teams will also participate.
The Climate Change Resource Center is a joint initiative of the OWU, the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Higher Institute of Agronomy) of Lisbon and the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. During the first year of implementation, various seminars and workshops on climate change will be organized with topics varying from conservation agriculture and food preservation to new technologies related to renewable energy sources, including feasibility studies and new production techniques. In addition to the annual study tour, the students will also experiment with various renewable energy technologies in the local communities.
During the 2nd and 3rd year of implementation, the focus will be given to the establishment and development of the Climate Change Resource Center, which will be integrated into the OWU campus. The Project will also include a study on and the development of techniques of collecting and heating water with renewable energy sources and, in particular, with photovoltaic means. Various study visits during which the students of the OWU are responsible of disseminating and sharing their newly acquired knowledge within the communities in which they will work will also be organized.
The objective of the EDULINK initiative is to promote cooperation between institutes of higher education in the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries and their counterparts in the EU countries. The Launching Ceremony was headed by Thomas Hojmark, Director General of the OWU. Among the guests were representatives from the Ministry of Education, the local communities, university institutions and private sector companies.