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Just a month to go to the 2014 DIY Solar Workshops!

Hard to believe that in just over a month’s time Team Lightyear will be heading to Ghana for another adventure! We’ve been working very hard to make sure this edition is even bigger, bolder and more successful – and we wanted to quickly come up for air and give you an update on what we’ve got in store.

Over the last couple of months we’ve recruited seventeen outstanding volunteers, nine from the UK and eight from Ghana, who – alongside Marthe, Gavin, Rosina and Svet – will be delivering the DIY Solar Panel Workshops at six partner schools across Ghana, from the 16th to the 27th of June. To get a taste of what we’ve got in store, have a look at last year’s pilot at AIMS.

In preparation for this, we have now run two training weekends for UK volunteers: one hands-on panel- and circuit-building workshop led by Demand Energy Equality, as well as a Lightyear-led science communication and general trip preparation session in London. Together with DEE, we are also working to equip our Ghanaian volunteers with the skills to deliver an effective set of workshops. We are all incredibly excited to be part of such a talented and ambitious team, and are working hard to ensure that we deliver a successful programme alongside our partner schools in Ghana.

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We will be running workshops at schools in a number of locations around Kumasi, across the Central and Eastern regions, and in Accra. As well as running workshops for the students, we’ll also be involving the local communities and other organisations that work in science education and renewable energy. We’re really looking forward to reaching as many people as we can!

If you or your organisation are interested in working with us during our visit – or just finding out more about our work – please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at [email protected]

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