Educating schools on energy – what is the future of energy education in Europe?

To start the new year 2011, FuturEnergia has scheduled an online debate (chat) to discuss and analyze the future of energy education throughout Europe. Two energy education experts: Paul Xuereb and Cveto Fendrein from two European countries, Malta and Slovenia respectively, will lead the discussion. To prepare for the chat, make sure to consult their entry on the FuturEnergia blog!

Cveto Fendre:

“Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy sources are the future of our descendants”

Cveto Fendre, from Slovenia, has an academic background in Energetic Engineering from the University of Maribor. He is currently working as a lecturer at a professional high-school in Velenje, where he is Head of Energetic Engineering. Cveto has participated to several European and national projects on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and the Rational Use of Energy (RUE).

Throughout his career, Cveto held lectures, seminars, and workshops on the Rational Use of Energy. Moreover, he has organised various school competitions in the area of RUE, RES and ecology, at national and European level.

In his role as national adviser of the new pan European energy education school challenge U4energy, Cveto is encouraging Slovenian schools to master their carbon footprint and exchange experiences with peers across Europe.

Paul Xuereb:

"Energy education should be linked to the real life experience of pupils."

Paul Xuereb, from Malta, has been involved in science education for the last 20 years, teaching physics in secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, as well as in university. Currently, Paul is acting as the national pedagogical adviser for the new pan European energy education school challenge: U4energy, financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.

During his career, he has been involved in numerous educational projects and initiatives, as well as in initial teacher training. Paul believes that energy education should focus on the following three pillars:

  • Knowledge of basic concepts and ideas related to energy
  • Knowledge of available energy sources, of energy consumption and its consequences
  • Knowledge of efficient energy use

When taking part in educational projects such as ‘Flick the Switch’, ‘Saving Energy...Saving our Future’ and ‘U4Energy’, Paul has always made sure to include these three pillars, in order to engage a holistic approach to energy education relating to the real life experiences of pupils and students.

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