Between 28 September and 4 October 2020, the AIT RRCAP in partnership with Sustainable Energy Youth Network (SEYN) organised the second edition of Youth Energy Academy (YEA) with the support of the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS-RECAP). The academy convened 21 participants from 5 Asian countries (Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand) including 7 partners, 14 resource persons, and 5 YEA 2019 alumni (as mentors). The 7-day programme was delivered in close partnership with SEYN and with contributions from other organizations, such as the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, AIT, Yunus Centre, the Klong 6 Community Occupational Learning Center in Pathum Thani, Fosera Thailand in Rangsit, Pathum Thani, and the Tha Manao Community Biogas from Swine Farms in Lopburi, Thailand and other guest speakers.
The second edition of Youth Energy Academy was convened virtually to raise awareness, engage, and empower young people to develop sustainable energy projects, increase the potential of project idea implementation, and foster replicability across the region. The Academy used participative, non-formal, and empowering methods to boost creativity and inspire action. Throughout the week participants were engaged through theoretical sessions, practical sessions, and virtual tours. The theoretical sessions delivered through Zoom used interactive presentations, discussions, and exercises while the practical sessions were dedicated to building simple energy systems using “Do It Yourself (DIY)” and “Do It Together (DIT)” approaches. Lastly, the virtual tour served as a proxy for field visits for participants to gain insights on renewable energy technologies and examples of technology applications in the communities.