“I Have a Dream” – HAC Funded Event

On the 9th of December 2018, the IEEE National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS) PES Student Branch Chapter hosted a humanitarian event called, “I have a Dream.”

Event Overview

The event was organized to encourage children who live in vulnerable regions or orphanages to continue their studies, introduce them to the idea of renewable energy, and highlight the importance of education and its role in building ambition and pursuing dreams. Participants discussed the circumstances that that cause the at-risk population of children to quit school in order to devise professional solutions together. The event also included conferences and project presentations to spread awareness about the different aspects of this problem.

Morning Activities

Thanks to the HAC Events funds awarded, and the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the ENIS student
branch organized the “I Have a Dream” event for a group of more than 40 pupils from a remote, rural primary school called “Ellouza.” On Sunday, 9 December 2019, the children arrived with their teachers
ready for a day of fun and learning. The event began with an opening speech by the organizing team members and the head of the electrical engineering department of the school. Then the team guided the children to their first workshop on renewable energy and a quick laboratory tour.

The adults gathered for a debate in the conference room. In the presence of the regional delegate for education, teachers, university professors, young professionals and students discussed “Reasons why children and teenagers drop out of school early and what possible solutions or precautions to be taken in the future to limit this phenomenon.”

Afternoon Activities

After a break for games for the children, networking for the adults, and lunch for everyone, the organizing team began the robotics workshop for the youngest guests. Meanwhile
the others went back to the innovation center to learn more about education in sustainable development.

Once the robotics workshop was over, everyone attended a speech by a pedopsychologist about the importance of dreaming and having ambitions. Two bright young men shared their success stories. Then, everyone watched the 3D movie.

Closing Ceremony

The event organizers provided gifts for each of the students – a backpack, two review books for the national entrance exam to pioneering schools, colored pens, calculators, and more. The children were thrilled, and everyone expressed their gratitude for the new experiences and knowledge gained.