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 realized the need to save
energy in everyday life activities, one of the most important being cooking.
Previously, the school was using open air cooking where a lot of the heat was lost due to the wind, resulting
in too much firewood usage. The students together with the teachers realized that energy saving stoves introduced to the school kitchen would reduce firewood consumption massively. In fact, when it comes to energy saving stoves, almost 90% of the heat goes
directly to the pot, hence taking less time to cook, cutting down on firewood usage.
One of the children, Choolwe Mweetwa, talked about small energy saving stoves that her father was
making in Simoonga Village using local materials consisting of clay and cow dung. The children and teachers decided to make a similar stove in the school kitchen. The team used cement, bricks, sand and metal bars for this basic energy saving stove. Two energy
saving stoves were introduced in the kitchen, which costed 600.00 USD per stove.
The use of this technique helps Thandizani School reduce deforestation, common in the local community,
and also lower the cost of buying firewood, which is now better spent on educational materials for the children. Furthermore, the children have learned a lot from this project.