The goal of the SPARE project is to raise public awareness from the school age period, on the benefits through energy savings and application of low cost energy efficient technologies.
SPARE programme has chosen schools in different administrative districts and settlement areas given the variety of building types, construction materials, building exploitation period, and the heating systems available for the particular district/area including electricity, coal and firewood. As it was revealed non of school buildings were built or later reconstructed with respect to the energy efficient technologies. Therefore, the application of energy saving technologies is of high importance to the schools still using electric heaters while electricity cutoff is of frequent practice and children are attending classes in outdoor clothes due to temperature dropping even to the 11°C degree.
Another issue of concern is not existing induced ventilation at classrooms, and due to that the CO₂ concentration level reaches 1800-3500 ppm especially in the winter period.
Yet another issue requesting attention is illumination of school buildings. In many cases due to available just threadbare lighting fixtures a lux level is recorded at a lower degree than the recommended standard is for such indoor spaces that are: classroom, library and workshop. In most inspected classrooms the illumination level on the blackboard does not exceed 130-140 lux, and on the desk it varies between 50 and 250 lux.
Monitoring of energy saving results by school students is also a very important component of the project in fostering children and achieving behavior change. The pilot schools become an exemplary for many other public schools in Kirgizstan because of results achieved.
Participatory approach is an essential component of the SPARE program and, in this regard the pilot schools teachers and admin staff are involved in the process of solution to meet lighting, heating and ventilation necessary standard for school buildings. Pilot schools as an in kind contributors assigning their technical staff to join repairing work team as a labor force to conduct various rehabilitation works in the school buildings. Joint effort and cost-sharing are the major elements for successful partnership between the Program, school administration, local noncommercial organization and the private sector.
Success stories of the SPARE program encourages many other schools across the country for application of low budget energy efficient technologies to improve learning condition in school buildings.