Salesians in Sudan Empowering Youths with Skills in Renewable Energy

St. Joseph Vocational Training Center offers students opportunity to have hands-on learning in renewable energy. Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) are empowering young people in Sudan with skills in the field of renewable energy.

In a Tuesday, August 9 report, the Salesians say training students enrolled in the course of electricity at St. Joseph Vocational Training Center in Khartoum is important in solving power outages in the Northeastern African country.

“Power outages of 10 hours a day can occur in Sudan; so solar energy is a key alternative to this problem, as well as making a very positive contribution to the environment. Currently, renewable energy is booming in the country,” the report indicates.

In the report, SDB members say, “We were able to adapt the students’ education to the realities and challenges of our society, and to offer quality education that serves to improve the employability of our young people, and to achieve a dignified life for them and their families.”

“In addition, thanks to the use of this natural source, we also saved on resources, bringing a higher quality of life to all those who attend the educational complex,” they say about the solar energy training initiative that the Bosco Global, Magone Foundation, and the Provincial Council of Huesca supported.


In the 2021-2022 academic year, the second-year electrical students installed solar panels in three buildings in their school. 

The installation of the solar panels presented the students with an opportunity to learn the process of fitting, operating and using the panels, the August 9 report indicates.

St. Joseph Vocational Training Center, Khartoum, also offers courses in welding, air conditioning, automotive mechanics, mechanics, computer science and masonry.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.