Education and vocational training
We are convinced that education is key
for a sustainable development
That is why we strongly support educational and vocational training measures in Togo.
Vocational training in the area of solar energy
We put special emphasis on our educational work in the solar sector. For instance, we support universities and vocational schools with solar material and promote practical trainings and internships. More detailed information on these activities can be found in the description of our activities in the solar energy sector.
Vocational school in Sokodé
In Sokodé, in central Togo, we operate a vocational school, the so-called Formathèque. Over 800 students have already been trained in this facility, which focuses on courses such as IT, accounting, administration or electrical engineering.
For more than 10 years we have also been providing a free and public school book library, which offers a good learning environment for students. This library consists of more than 3.000 books and other media material as well as (international) journals, novels and children’s books.
Apprenticeship as tailors
URBIS supports 6 pupils in their apprenticeship as tailors at a orphanage in Sokodé, managed by the organisation Creuset. 5 girls and 1 boy are trained in the craft over a period of 3 years, and are encouraged to start their own tailoring business afterwards.
Vocational training on sustainable farming
Every year we train 18 young people on our sustainable farm in Sokodé, central Togo. They receive education on sustainable cultivation and livestock farming as well as basic knowledge on business administration and management. More information on our programme and the success of the farm trainees can be found in the sector sustainable farming.
Since we wish to support the spread of especially technical knowledge in Togo, we annually provide six students with scholarships for the pursuit of a technical university degree. Within the frame of the scholarship, the students receive not only financial assistance, but do also form part of our “Club Solaire”. In the Club Solaire they regularly discuss challenges and developments of the Togolese solar markets and organise events and campaigns to raise awareness for the potential of solar energy.
Cooperation with the University of Lomé and the TU Munich
To support the transfer of knowledge, we are actively cooperating with the University of Lomé as well as the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Students of the TU Munich can apply for an internship at URBIS in Togo. Furthermore, we work closely with the University of Lomé on topics of solar energy and support doctoral students.
The support of technical trainings is an important aspect of our work.