Rosatom to host online workshop on nuclear energy for Kenyan youth

Kenyan students and other young professionals can participate in a workshop conducted over the internet on Monday July 9, 2018. The hour-long webinar titled “Atoms Empowering Africa” is organized by Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom, with support from the African Young Generation in Nuclear(AYGN) based in Nairobi, South African Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (SAN-NEST) and South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).

Participants will discuss the potential of nuclear power to bolster Africa’s economic and social development. The webinar is organized in the framework of the fourth annual student video competition, which is running until the August 25, 2018. The video competition encourages groups of three students between the ages of 18 and 30 to research various nuclear applications and their benefits for Africa and share them in 6 to 120-second videos.

Commenting on the webinar and video competition, Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa highlighted the company’s commitment to education, both in Africa and globally.

“We at Rosatom view education and youth development as a priority. We at Rosatom see it as one of our key missions to assist the brightest young minds from across the globe to work together in solving global challenges that will shape the future of energy and the world as we know it”, said Shornikov.

The top 10 videos will be posted on the Rosatom Facebook page and the creators of the three with the most likes will win an all-expenses paid trip to Russia on October 6 to 12, 2018.

Rosatom conducts educational projects in countries of its presence, and regularly brings together the most promising students and young professionals from around the globe for educational sessions, trainings and forums in Russia and abroad.

For young people wishing to get a head start on a promising career in the nuclear field, Rosatom regularly holds physics competition for high school pupils and students of technical universities, where the winners get a chance to complete their education in Russia and join the nuclear elite when they come back home. Today, over 50 students from sub-Saharan Africa, including from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Zambia, study in Russia.

Also participating in the webinar will be youth in Ghana and Nigeria. 

Other useful information can be found on the Rosatom Africa website, as well as in open sources, such as the recent research of the Center for Global Development “Atoms for Africa: Is There a Future for Civil Nuclear Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

Event:            “Atoms Empowering Africa” webinar

Date:              July 9, 2018

Time:             5 pm Eastern African Time (Kenya)

Rosatom Central and Southern Africa is a representative office of ROSATOM in the region. ROSATOM is the only company in the world to offer integrated clean energy solutions across the nuclear supply chain and beyond, including the design, build and operation of nuclear power stations, uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, the supply of nuclear fuel, decommissioning, spent fuel storage and transportation and safe nuclear waste disposal. With seventy years’ continuous experience, the company is the world leader in high-performance solutions for all kinds of nuclear power plants. It is also working in the segments of wind generation, nuclear medicine, energy storage and other. Headquartered in Moscow, the company brings together over 300 enterprises and organizations and over 250,000 employees. Globally, the company has the second biggest uranium reserves, has 36% of the world’s enrichment market, and is the world’s biggest builder of the latest generation nuclear power stations with 35 units under construction in 11 countries.

African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) is a non-profit organization bringing together national networks (YGNs) for young professionals in nuclear field and other related disciplines. It is a continental affiliate body to the 1 experts to the young generations. This is effectively done by offering a platform to share, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear science and technology in Africa and globally.

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE),formed in 1909has grown to more than 6000 professional engineers. Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, which includes academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infrastructural services. Our members make meaningful contributions to the quality of life in communities and the steady advancement of technology.

South African Network for Nuclear Education Science and Technology (SAN NEST)’s objective is a suitably qualified and experienced nuclear personnel employed by nuclear science and technology programmes in South Africa with the aim of strengthening the nuclear science and technology education programs to better meet future demands in terms of quality, capacity and relevancy.

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