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A Spark for the Future

A Spark for the Future

Victoria Park CI Students Triumph in World Vision Challenge

Monday, June 05, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

On June 21, 2017, students from the Energy Quencher Team from Victoria Park Collegiate Institute won the People’s Choice Award in the 2017 Energy Poverty challenge hosted by World Vision for $20,000 Seed Capital. They competed alongside teams from universities around Canada as the only high school team to pitch their idea to fight energy poverty.

The team emerged through an initiative from U of T called the Global Ideas Institute (GII) which started in September. Chaired by the Munk School of Global Affairs, GII aims to involve high school students to think about global issues and mentors them to come up with market-based feasible solutions to the problem. This year’s topic was energy poverty and follows one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Energy poverty is a complication found in remote areas of both developing and developed countries. Many people who live in such areas do not have easy access to the energy they require to carry out the basic functions of their daily lives. Energy is a major commodity that empowers societies. The prosperity of a community is compromised when the citizens lack access to energy.


Tackling energy poverty is not an easy task. It involves an in-depth analysis of a broad range of disciplines. VPCI students explored many of these areas including science, math, computer science, engineering, sociology, law, political science, economics, geography and business in order to bring forth a feasible solution. Through innovation, the team was able to tackle two problems which include energy poverty and water accessibility. They focused their idea in Tanzania where 56% of people had access to “improved water sources” as stated by the World Bank.

Written by: Purushoth Thavendran (Energy Quencher Team Member)

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