Liter of Light Workshop
On the beautiful day, the 24th of August 2019, the Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Students, University of Ibadan, held the one day Lighting Solution Workshop aimed at equipping some of her student members with relevant skills pertaining to creating solar powered devices. The event took place at the NLNG building, Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan. The department was honoured to host the Nigeria chapter of Litre of Light organization, who facilitated the event. Litre of Light are a group of passionate volunteers who are driving positive change in the society all over the world through the gift of light. The Nigerian chapter develops and installs solar-powered lighting devices ranging from solar bottled lamps to streetlights, using readily available materials and recycled plastic bottles. They also train and educate the youth of the communities on how to make the devices, inspire young children to take up careers in engineering and to consider a micro-business with the knowledge they have acquired.
The programme was attended by 20 selected students across several levels in the department and took place between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The president, SEEES UI, Ebunoluwa Alabi, ushered in the representatives from the Litre of Light organization, six in number, who introduced themselves with their first names as well as the organization they represent. The team leader, Mr. Bolaji, then took an introductory overview.
With messages like ‘The road to success is full of difficulties’, he encouraged the attendees before diving into the essentials and learning sessions. Four teams of five individuals each were formed and provided with distinct facilitators. Each student was equipped with individual materials and tools to make their own solar lamps with the guidance of the facilitators. Technical personnel from the faculty technical workshops were also present to supervise and provide support. A few minor obstacles arose in the learning processes which were quickly overcome by the bright minds available, attesting to the quality of problem-solving skills that the students have been instilled with from the department and faculty. The programme proceeded smoothly, intelligent questions were raised and answered in like fashion. Theoretical background knowledge was tested and practicalized, refreshments were provided with a short break and eventually, Solar-powered lamps were produced.
Finally, Mr. Bolaji again addressed the students, encouraging using the newly learnt knowledge to provide solutions to the neighbouring communities. Madame President, Ebunoluwa was tasked with the responsibility of selecting a local community to provide developing and training communal service to by the collaboration of Litre of Light and SEEES. Pictures were taken and smiles lit up faces, as everyone who was in attendance had a great time and was grateful for the opportunity and time well spent.