Lessons about the solar system were brought to life to children in Botswana through the use of a solar suitcase and torch donated by Plug into the Sun.
The torch and suitcase were given to Hope Mission, a residential centre for teenage orphaned and vulnerable boys as part of a seven month placement by Helen Tanner; a trainer, drama therapist and arts practitioner from Hayle. As part of her work she introduced the children to art, drama and other elements of the curriculum, as well as helping the management team with their vision and strategy for the centre.
Part of Helen’s teaching with the teenagers was around the theme of the earth, sun and moon and this also included solar energy. The solar torch was used as a way of demonstrating how solar energy works.
The solar suitcase, which opens up to display solar panels, will be used to help power a new outside classroom which is being built on site, where they have no electricity for lighting.
Helen said that they were totally delighted with them.
She said: “It was amazing to show the children that we can produce energy from the sun – they were fascinated by it.”
Plug into the Sun donated the solar objects as part of their wider aim to educate children on the subject of sustainability.
Helen Tanner also spent time working with Ark n Mark Trust- a programme that takes orphaned children into the wilderness to do rites of passage with them - as well as with the government in Botswana as part of a review of children in conflict with the law.
Helen’s work has been recognised by Rotary International and has been chosen as a ‘Peace Fellow’ for 2012. She will be travelling to Thailand in June where she will work with 25 others to improve her knowledge of peace and conflict resolution.
She said:”I am deeply privileged to have been one of the people chosen to undergo this training and will endeavour to use it as effectively as possible in my future practice.”
To find out more about Helen's work please go to her website;