30 Engineers Graduate from Energy Programme: Youth Entrepreneurs Support (YES)
The Acting Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Gul Khulmi, the CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) Amanullah Ghalib, the CEO of Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU) Kabul Khan Tadbir, the chancellor of Kabul Polytechnic University Mohammad Said Kakar, and many more stakeholders of the Afghan energy industry as well as international donor and government representatives attended the event.
The Acting Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Gul Khulmi stated: “I warmly congratulate the YES team for their graduation and thank the German Cooperation for its continued contribution and constant support. IDEA plays a vital role in this beneficial training”. “We can now rely on our own youth who just needs professional opportunities like YES to build their capacities”, a participating student added.
The programme YES has been funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation since January 2018. So far, 30 young graduates have participated in the six months training. YES promotes job opportunities for these graduates and helps industrial actors to fill important positions.
Participants improved their skills on leadership and entrepreneurship. The training is dynamic, interactive and designed for specific participants’ and market needs. Topics focussed on renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings. Additionally, all participants participate in a five months internship with the Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme IDEA, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Interns learn to conduct case studies, visit power plants and further energy institutions. They also receive a membership of the Afghan Renewable Energy Union for a year.
Each participant was also mandated to conduct a passing-it-on (PiO) exercise with at least 15 other young students in their faculty or community. Thus, the 30 graduated engineers have trained additional 469 engineers from different institutions, including private universities.
Besides the internship programme, IDEA published a guidebook on energy efficiency in buildings, written by Dr Mohammad Omar Temori, technical expert and engineer. “Municipalities, public and private industry players in constructions and academic institutions can use this guidebook to increase energy efficiency significantly”, Dr Mohammad Omar Temori said.
On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the programme Institutional Development for Energy in Afghanistan (IDEA) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. IDEA aims at enabling Afghan society to access energy from renewable sources to boost economic growth, reduce poverty and protect the environment. IDEA cooperates with the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) to implement various activities, creating general conditions for a reliable electricity supply. For example, IDEA has organised 21 conferences and workshops for private and public stakeholders on renewable energy, energy awareness and energy efficiency since 2015. At the same time, it has organised related job-specific training courses for almost 430 Afghans from the public and private energy sector.