Luu Nguyen Nguyet Minh, an alumnus of the UK government’s Chevening Scholarship Program, is working alongside a cohort of her fellow Chevening alumni to promote the shift to renewable energy in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region.
Last weekend, the group hosted a two-day training program for 9th graders at Doan Thi Diem Middle School in Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho City.
The program, named 'Enhancing Awareness of Renewable Energy Toward Achieving Zero Net Emissions in the Mekong Delta,' brought several Chevening scholars and local experts together to teach the participants about simple renewable energy models.
Minh, a Can Tho native, has spent the better part of her academic and professional life working to create positive changes in the Mekong Delta region.
"The project brings together Chevening alumni, young engineers, and lecturers from Can Tho University,” Minh said. “Young people in the Mekong Delta, especially in Can Tho, have the ability and passion to build a sustainable and healthy delta.”
During the training program, Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, a Chevening scholar who specializes in environmental and energy studies, spent time teaching the participants about energy, including different sources of energy and actions they can take within their families and schools to implement renewable energy and efficient energy-saving practices.
Thu specifically focused on the Mekong Delta’s abundance of wind as a clean, renewable energy source for the region.
Contributing to the project, Bui Minh Duc, a construction engineer in Can Tho, along with a team of experts, built a visual model depicting four systems of renewable energy production.
According to Duc, the model allows students to visualize the basic principles of generating electricity from renewable sources. The students also wrote down the ideas for their own model and presented them in English.
The model will eventually be donated to the school so that it can continue to be used to inspire the transition to renewable energy.
On December 11, a convoy from the British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will visit the school to present awards to the teams who participated in a solar energy-powered mini vehicle design competition.