The 17th of October 2015 the annual general meeting of NSI e.V. was held in Neuendettelsau.
There were a lot of interesting reports and statements and the formal requierements for running the association were fulfilled. The board presented the activities in the year 2015 which were also shown in the annual report which is also available on the website.
There was also a new election of the board performed. Lukas Beutel finished his board activities on his own wish. With Markus Weidemann a new vice chairperson with a lot of experience in work in Tanzania and especially in Vocational Training Centers was elected. Other board members were ready to continue the board activities and were reconfirmed in their functions.
The german URBIS foundation announced starting in 2015 a special cooperation with our tanzanian partners Mafinga Lutheran Vocational Training Center (MLVTC) and Tanzanian Renewable Energy Agency (TAREA). Starting in 2015 funds will be available for project applications of these two partners. The projects shall improve quality of the education about renewable energy and foster the access of graduates of MLVTC to the job market and tanzanian enterprises in the sector of renewable energies. NSI appreciate this commitment very much and is proud to contribute ideas to this cooperation.
After years of promotion the Vocational Education and Training Authority approved the curriculum for Vocational Training about Renewable Energies to be applied as an VETA-approved course.
Our long-term partner Mafinga Lutheran Vocational Training Center (MLVTC) is among the first Vocational Training Centers which are allowed to apply the new curriculum in a pilot phase.
NSI congratulate MLVTC to reach this goal and hope this can push the course and the subject of renewable energies forward.
The advertised idea of creating a standardized framework for applying for support for small scale RE projects doesn't seem to work out. The board tried to realize this idea with different partners in Tanzania. Finally the idea was to offer a small scholarship to University students who are ready to do their bachelor or master thesis in the sector of renewable energies. But since the board of NSI is not able to perform a appropriate selection process for the applicants and is not able to do advertisement and continuous support in Tanzania we searched for a strong and reliable partner in Tanzania. We tried to establish a cooperation with the Mwanza section of a strong students organization. Unfortunately the communication was not sufficiently reliable.
In cooperation with NSI e.V. the association Berufsbildung Tansania e.V. has conducted a project for the improvement of the infrastructur at an vocational training center in the North of Tanzania. The project was cofinanced by the "Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung" through bengo with a sum of 37.500€. In practice a house for dinning and the kitchen was built at the Muleba Lutheran Vocational Training Center. The project was requested and approved in 2014 and finished and deducted in 2015. We thank Berufsbildung Tansania e.V. for the very good cooperation.
On the last NSI general meeting the board was asked to extend the number of partners and to search for new project possibilities.
The board is now in the preparation process for new projects.
For example there is the idea to build up a framework for small projects in Tanzania. Through this standardized framework organizations in Tanzania should be able to apply for support for their RE projects in Tanzania. The process should be simple and transparent.
There are also cooperation with other Vocational Training Center in discussion. At our next board meeting we will have guests on this matter.
Today all members of NSI meet again in Neuendettelsau, Germany, for their annual general meeting.
Among others, two new board members will need to be elected. Gregory von Abendroth and Frederik Bartels announced already that they cannot continue for another three year election period.
From the 28th to the 31th of March 2012 10 students of the Renewable Energy Class of the Mafinga Vocational Training Center could participate in the installation of a big photovoltaic system at Ilula Orphanage Center. Under the guidance of two german electricians they helped to install photovoltaic moduls, a charge controller, an inverter and batteries for the electricity supply of the Orphanage Center. The participation specially helped them to get experience in the handling and installation of a big solar system (about 2700 Wp) since they usually only get in contact with much smaller systems.
NSI supported the participation of the students by covering 75% of the costs for transport, accomodation and food during this trip. We would like to thank Veronika, Lisa and Konstantin very much for the idea and the managment of this project.
In the first semster of 2012 NSI financed 20 students studying Renewable Energies at the MLVTC. The AvB-scholarship covers the school fee of TZS 220.000 per semester (about 105,00 €) per student. The number of scholars for the second semester 2012 will be announced soon.
20 Tanzanian students are currently stuyding RE in Mafinga. 10 in the second year, 10 in their first year, of which 4 just entered this September 2012. They receive support from the AvB scholarship with 220TSH per annum.
40 alumni students from the RE department were invited to join at the MLVTC in Mafinga for a several days long seminar discussing various topics around renewable energy application and business financing. In parallel graduation day happened and three students completed their RE training at the MLVTC.
This year's general meeting of NSI happened October 15th in Neuendettelsau, Germany, bringing together members of the association and its board. The work of the NSI board during 2011 was discussed. For the first time, a chatroom allowed also members from far away to follow the meeting.
A major topic was the approval of the new curriculum for renewable energies at the MLVTC which needed to be accelerated.
Mr. Onesmo Maseleka, director of the Mafinga Lutheran Vocational Training Center, visits members of the NSI board during a one week long trip to Germany.
Aside the meeting "Energy Alternatives for Africa" in Neuendettelsau, Maseleka reports that until now from three windmills built at the MLVTC only one was sold. Due to the relatively high price of 4 Mio TZS people seem to be hesitant to invest into such RE devices. Ideas have to generated, how to allow for a better sales plan.
The number of RE students at the RE department of the MLVTC, which had increased tremendously to 21 in Spring 2011. Just lately, three students graduated, another three students quit the training in advance and one new student joined in Fall 2011. Therefore, we have 16 students studying RE at the MLVTC today.
NSI is very happy to offer all current students a scholarship from the Arved von Breitenstein fund.
In 2008 the Tanzanian Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) in Dar es Salaam was assigned by the school in Mafinga (MLVTC) to prepare the first curriculum for renewable energies, which shall be accredited by the government (VETA - Vocational training authority of Tanzania, NECTA - The National Examinations Council of Tanzania). NSI is financing the project. Until now the entire curriculum proposal had been written and was submitted to VETA, awaiting accreditation within the year of 2011.
NSI welcomes Oliver Schömann as new member of the board. As a former DTP volunteer he had spent a whole year in Mafinga at the MLVTC installing a new windmill technology. Speaking fluently Suaheli he returned to Germany in fall 2009 in order to start with his studies in environmental technologies in Berlin. Oliver is also member of the DTP and will keep close contact for NSI to the current volunteers and RE students in Mafinga.
NSI is also happy to welcome Felix Radeck, also a former DTP volunteer who had just returned from Tanzania. He joines the NSI team as advisory member of the board.
NSI is very sad over the sudden and unexpected death of board member Walter E. Keller. As a funding member of NSI he accompanied the association continuously since the beginning. We look thankfully back to all the inspirations and energy he had brought to NSI and our team.
The NSI-award 2009 was awarded to Mr. Ahudi Chaula for his exceptionally good performance during his RE training at MLVTC. Ahudi Chaula was student for RE from 28.2.2007 until 1.11.2008. He was awarded a couple of handycraft machines in the value of 500€ in order to set up his own workshop for renewable energies.