Trips And Workshops
Under the educational program, AFIAL organized trips to the Qaraoun Dam, hydro-electrical plants and irrigation projects on the Litani River. Abut 1500 high school and university students. (engineering and agriculture) took part in this activity on a yearly basis. These trips helped to increase awareness among the young generation concerning water and energy issues in the country.
The students were guided by engineers from the Litani River Authority, who provided scientific information about the dam, the plant and the Litani project in general which includes hydro-electrical plants and irrigation projects. The environmental issues were also tackled (river pollution, scarcity of water during summer, economic value of water as a green energy provider…).
These trips gave the students and their professors a chance to get acquainted with the geography of Lebanon, the importance of its water resources, and the characteristics of the most important water project ever achieved in their country, the Litani Project.
After the trip, the students were asked to present reports to the Association and the best reports received an award presented during a official ceremony headed by either the Minister of Education or the Minister of Energy and Water.
Training and workshops
As part of its capacity building activities, the Association organized, on a yearly basis, training sessions and workshops for Engineering and Agriculture students in the power plants linked to the Litani Project (Markaba, Awali and Joun) and the Labaa Agricultural Pilot Project. Students spent one or two weeks on the project site taking part in the daily activities conducted at the plants and the agricultural project. They felt in a tangible way the importance and the problems related to the Litani Project. Electric Engineering students were able to follow Litani River Authority staff in their daily work on the plant and observe in practice what they had learnt in theory. They often took another training period in other thermal power plants; this enabled them to compare different power productions. As for agriculture students, they got acquainted with researches conducted at the Labaa Station which includes :
- Trials on different fruit tree varieties to find the ones most adaptable to the region.
- Trials on different kinds of irrigation systems.
- Experiments conduction to find the quantities of water needed for each crop.
- Plantation of commercial flowers for economical benefits
In February 2001, the Litani River Authority (LRA) was undergoing major changes in the control system at Ibrahim Abd El Al Hydro-electrical power plant in Markaba, leading to a complete computerization of this system. The procedure was taking place with the technical assistance from French Spie Enerthran. The Association grabbed this unique opportunity and sent 9 Engineering students on a one-week training period which coincided with the trial period that followed the installation of the computers. All expenses were covered by the Association. Students were asked to write reports at the end of the training period, which were submitted to the Association Scientific Committee for evaluation.