Simoonga Thandizani Trust School children and teachers came up with an amazing initiative! During one of the lessons in Science, Energy and Electricity, the pupils realised the need to save energy in everyday life activities, one of the most important
being cooking. One of the children, Choolwe Mweetwa, talked about small energy saving stoves that her father was making in Simoonga Village. They are made using local materials consisting of clay and cow dung. The heat from the firewood goes direct to the
pot. The children and teachers decided to make a similar stove at in the school kitchen. The team used bricks, metal bars and cement for this simple energy saving stove. It is a very basic kind of stove technology but the children have learned a lot from this
At the moment the school is using open air cooking where a lot of the heat is lost due to the wind, resulting in too much firewood usage. When it comes to energy saving stoves, it is estimated that 99% of the heat goes directly to the
pot, hence taking less time to cook and less firewood usage. If properly made, energy saving stoves introduced to the school kitchen will reduce firewood consumption massively. Thandizani School will help reduce deforestation which is common in the local community,
and also reduce the cost of buying fire wood which can be better spent on educational materials for the children.
To make these proper energy saving stoves the materials need are: cement, brick, round bars. The estimated cost for each large, durable
energy stove is $600.00. The school needs 2 energy saving stoves in its kitchen. Any amount of financial help will very much be appreciated by Thandizani children who are the initiators of the project.