One of the main objectives of the Cyprus Energy Agency is the education of school children in Cyprus. Since April 2009, when it first began its educational activities, the Cyprus Energy Agency has made study visits to more than 170 schools of all educational levels, reaching more than 27,000 students and 2,100 teachers on the topics of renewable energy, energy saving, sustainable transport and environmental protection. The agency has also provided five courses to more than 250 students in universities.
The agency’s educational activities provide demonstration tools, posters on energy saving for kids, educational games, on-line monthly educational quizzes, organisation of the annual kids drawing competition (‘I draw for renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport’), educational leaflets for teachers, mouse pads (‘save energy, save the planet’), and weekly school timetables for students. The Energy Agency set itself the following targets for its educational activities during the period of 2009-2012:
• To increase overall awareness through educational activities
• Engage more than 30,000 pupils through educational presentations
on RES, energy saving and environmental protection
• Involve over 2,000 teachers
• Distribute in excess of 70,000 pieces of material
• Encourage more than 1,500 6-12 year old pupils to participate
in the Agency’s online quiz
• Carry out educational activities in over 150 schools.
The Cyprus Energy Agency has gained a lot of experience through its educational activities that could be transferred to other European organisations. Many of its activities could be replicated, especially those related to demonstration activities, such as the educational table game and the organisation’s theatrical play that has had a considerable positive impact on young people. The text of the play was written by the Cyprus Energy Agency and can be easily translated into other languages. The educational presentations and the poster with energy saving tips can also be easily translated into other languages. The agency has found that students really enjoy the activities that they can get involved in, such as the annual drawing competition and the table game.
Cyprus Energy Agency