DECEMBER SearReads The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer Year Published: 2012

This month’s SearRead is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It is based on the Sustainable Development Goal # 7, Affordable and Clean Energy. “..one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world” (https://www.sdgfund.org). Click here to learn more about this goal and how you can help!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a true story about a boy who was born in Kasungu, Malwai. He was “ thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine” (GoogleBooks.org).

The book helps our students to understand how fortunate we are to live in a place where electricity is readily available for us.

Here are some conversation starters you can ask at home to spark a conversation:

-How is your life different from William’s life?

-How does the windmill give William and the people of Malawai electricity?

-Why is the windmill a symbol of hope?

-How can you help preserve electricity?