Motufoua Secondary School scoops 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize in Abu Dhabi

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Mr. Foetasi Taukave in Motufoua Secondary School uniform and traditional garlands among winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo: ZFEP

Motufoua Secondary School was awarded the Global High School Category – OCEANIA, at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony Programme that took place Monday 15thJanuary, at the International Convention Centre at ADNEC (ICC Abu Dhabi). 

Motufoua scooped the award after being shortlisted with two other High Schools from Australia, as part of the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) Awards for 2018. 

Dressed in Motufoua school uniform with traditional garlands, Mr. Foetasi Taukave received the award on behalf of the school which was also proudly represented at the Awards Ceremony by Principal of the school Mr. Siautele Lito and Ms. Titi Moeao.  

The Government of Tuvalu representatives to the 2018 IRENA Assembly, CEO Mr. Avafoa Irata and the General Manager of the TEC, Mr. Mafalu Lotolua were part of the audience that witnessed the awards ceremony.

The Motufoua submission to the competition is a combination of solar and biogas, and aims to expand the school’s solar power capacity and install a bio digester to produce biogas for cooking in the school kitchen. It also includes the collection of rainwater to water the school’s vegetable garden and to clean the school’s piggery, the key source of feedstock for the biogas.

The main benefit of the three-pronged project is that it delivers more efficiently the intertwined goals of increasing renewable energy use, water reuse, waste recycling, sustainable food production and emission reduction. The project will include monitoring and measurement of data that will be included in the teaching of science and environment, showing how the school is progressing towards these goals.

The ZFEP which is now in its 10th anniversary, invites innovators from around the world to be part of a growing community, committed to finding solutions that will meet the challenges of Climate Change, Energy Access and Water Security.

The Prize aims to increase the magnitude of its impacts in the next decade.  Collectively, its winners have positively impacted the lives of more than 307 million people around the world.    

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