Mewat Monday – The Spark Revisited

It has been a couple of weeks since the inauguration of Electrician Training Program. To find out how it is progressing, we decided to drop by for a visit. As one enters the classroom, you will immediately be greeted by a large group of young men listening to our electrician instructor, Hardeep, giving a lecture on the theory of circuits and electricity. We were surprised at how intensely the boys are listening to the lesson and how keen they are to learn about the program.

Instructor giving a theory lesson

Besides using the whiteboards, Hardeep also uses actual electrical circuits to explain the concepts. This allows the students to see not just symbols on the board but actual equipment, which they can identify with.

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Using actual circuits for explanation

If you look at the background of the pictures above, you may notice some boards being placed around the room. Take a closer look and we can see safety instructions or even electrical symbols on these signs. These are actually teaching aids which helps the teacher in explanation and is also readily available for the students to refer to.

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Some safety and educational signage placed in the room

Everyone knows that theory is nothing without practice and everything we have shown above has only been theory-wise. “Where is the practical portion of the course?” you may ask. SRF Foundation, with Schneider, has provided many tools for practice as well. Shown in the picture below, this is one of the three cupboards filled with tools such as wires, socket panels, helmet, gloves, drills etc. Other tools available would be hammers, screwdrivers, Allan keys and electrometers.

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Cupboard full of tools

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Other tools provided for the practical aspect of teaching

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Student in action during practicals

Additionally, from the photo above, you can see that students get a chance to practice what they have learnt in groups of 4 to 6. Using the available tools and with the guidance from the instructors, they are able to experiment and test out the proper way of fixing electrical appliance and making sure it works.

We would not have been entirely convinced if we had not seen them in action. As a student walked past us with all the tools, we followed him curiously to find out what he was up to. To our delight, we discovered that he was fixing the lights in the compound, a practical application of the knowledge obtained from course.

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Student using his knowledge to repair lights at the compound

Having some prior training in this field, we were impressed at how systematic and proper he has carried out the repairs, from stripping the wire and fixing the panel onto the wall all the way insulating bare wires with rubber tapes. Here we see the practical application as well as the effectiveness of the lessons in action and all doubts we had about the program vanished instantly.

All in all, our visit to the program has thrown us many pleasant surprises and we are now confident that this program will be a success and many of these promising candidates will be successful in their future endeavors.

The 18th edition of Mewat Mondays is brought to you by our interns, Joan, Lyndon and Galvin, who believe that an all rounded course provides the best kind of training. As part of their field research, they will be spending time in the 19 villages, and will gladly share pictures and anecdotes from these experiences. They can be reached at Joan.ng@srf-limited.com, Lyndon.Lingbaoan@srf-limited.com and Galvin.Tay@srf-limited.com respectively. 

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