Robin and Marion continue their pedagogical adventure in Indianoceania.
Following their trip to the Union of Comoros where they met around 400 students of all ages as part of the EU-financed COI-ENERGIES programme, the Positive Energy Tour recently stopped in Mauritius where they visited 15 Eco-Schools in the aim of raising awareness about sustainable energy. We met the tour’s presenters, Robin Serre-Ardill and Marion Bourgeois, during a presentation at the St-Pierre RCA school.
The primary school, which won the first prize of an environmental competition organised by the ministry of Education in 2016, chose 27 students to participate in the series of fun activities hosted by the two young French people. As Robin Serre-Ardille explains, the team tries to adapt their activities to the age group of the students: “We create new activities to suit the context and school level. We use the simplest possible materials, in order to make it easier for teachers to reproduce the activities for other classes if they wish.”
After their school visits, they leave pedagogical material describing the activities so that teachers can recreate the activities or use them for inspiration for their own activities. Although the basis of the project changed due to logistical reasons (their solar bicycle was sent to South Africa before being shipped to Comoros after their departure), Robin Serre-Ardill explains that their activities also “evolved during our exchanges with our local partners and because of transport constraints between the islands of the Indian Ocean”.
Even though the solar bicycle which they used in France wasn’t able to follow them, they were nevertheless able to pursue their aim of raising awareness about energy-related issues, namely using practical activities, education games, etc. interestingly, Robin and Marion adapt their activities to match the local energy contexts. For example, at the St Pierre RCA school, they spoke a lot about bagasse to reflect the importance of this biomass in the Mauritian energy mix.
The Positive Energy Tour left for Madagascar this week where they will accompany the Compagnie des Zonzons on their tour cultural tour. They will then proceed to Seychelles.