About our project
As the world is transitioning to renewable energy sources, schools and universities play a vital role for promoting the energy transition. However, in many countries, the awareness of solar and renewable energies is still low. Our mission is to promote the knowledge of clean energy in schools and universities, sparking the enthusiasm of the young generation. Grounded in the understanding that climate change and environmental issues are a global problem, our project connects schools and universities accross borders and around the globe.
In 2021, the solar schools project started with schools in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The project has since then focused on the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus and many more schools from the region have joined the project.
All participating schools receive a solar system installed by a local installer, teaching material on solar energy for school lessons and access to interactive seminars – everything entirely free of charge. The physics and German teachers of our Solar Schools are trained by solar energy experts in order to best integrate the installed solar system into the school lessons and to educate the pupils on all important issues of solar energy use. University students get the opportunity to participate in seminars with experts of the renewable energy sector, educating themselves on all aspects of the global energy transition.
Funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the Solar Schools project is a permanent cooperation between the non-profit organization ideas into energy and the initiative “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) of the Goethe-Institut and the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA). The project is also supported by the companies eclareon and Solar23 from Germany as well as by the two solar energy associations Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft from Germany and the Georgian office of the European Renewable Energy Association EUROSOLAR.