ENGINEERING DESIGN FOR RURAL VILLAGES


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20th-24th November 2017

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ABOUT THE COURSE


Almost half (47%) of the people in Africa have incomes less than $1.25 per day. Most of these people live as subsistence farmers in small villages with no electricity, running water or automobiles (but with cell phones). Through readings, group discussions, writing assignments, case studies and open-ended experiential learning activities, the course will address ways that engineering solutions can improve peoples' lives within these severe economic constraints.

What you'll learn


  • Discussions on energy, economic & social situation in rural villages looking at the roles played by
    • Society and Culture, Norms and Values, Status and Roles
    • Social structure, family, religion, caste and ethnic groups
    • Indigenous and appropriate technology, community participation. Ecology and environment.
    • Gender difference and the role of women in energy conservation and development, social cycle, modernization and globalization
  • Case studies for each of the following technologies: Wind, Solar Thermal, Solar PV and Bio-energy and Hydro.
    • Small output specifications
    • Costs
    • Implementation challenges
  • Group Work
    • Discussions
    • Costs
    • Design and build affordable devices
  • Sharing of experiences by government & none-government departments and organisations working with rural communities

Meet the instructors


Dr. M. Mpholo

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Mrs. K. Mokopanela

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Length 5.5 days
Credits 44 hours
Price-Certificate of Attendance M4000
Price-Certificate of CompetenceM6000

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