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Helder Sá Alves da Silva

Educational Journey (1986-2015)

Helder Sá Alves da Silva

Educational Journey (1986-2015)

Helder da Silva

Dr. Helder da Silva Helder da Silva went to school for the first time when he was more than 10 years old. Therefore due to his advanced age to start year 1, he was forced to move to the countryside where he was accepted for enrolment and attended a very poor school. In 2008, Helder graduated in Engineer with the degree of BEng Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with specialisation in electrical power engineering. He developed his research work for an MPhil and PhD on design for a manufacture of permanent magnet synchronous servomotors with University of East London. This research was sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Control Techniques Dynamics Ltd in Andover, Hampshire, where he carried out the work. During this research sponsorship period, he attended training courses on both electromagnetic design and thermal analysis for electric motors and generators with Motor Design Ltd and CFD with ANSYS UK. At present apart from developing the NSEF project, he is developing also his business for motor design, thermal analysis and manufacturing processes. Helder's main interest is in the development of engineering and environmental education, and R&D works on farming industry, renewable energy and power electronics integrated in the electric motor systems.

Helder Sá Alves da Silva

Story of a Mininu di Guiné (Child of Guinea-Bissau)

Helder Sá Alves da Silva

Story of a Mininu di Guiné (Child of Guinea-Bissau)

Helder da Silva

in 2010, Dr. Helder da Silva noticed that his educational struggle was not something particular, but yes, something typical of a Mininu di Guiné (which translates as Child of Guinea-Bissau). Also that the problem of quality education goes well beyond his native country and it his a significant problem in the Sub-Sharan Africa. The legacy he wants to leave is of a African education transformer, a philanthrophy and a contributor to the development of engineering education and application in the African continent. (Due to poverty, majority of children in the country go throgh the same experience in education)

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Helder da Silva

Helder attended school for the first time at age of 11 and his primary school had very poor facilities for learning. Helder did not have an easy childhood and was rise by a single mother (Nita Sá who had other five children) in Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. Helder is aware that the situation did not improve for young people and the women. For these reasons he decided as a professional engineer for the creation of the organisation using his own profession to support women and the young people in Guinea-Bissau. NSEF has mainly four operating sections in Guinea-Bissau that are related to engineering orientated school, community organisers, women enterpreneurship and engineering association. These sections are Maria da Conceição Té National Academy (MCTNA), Active Guinea-Bissau (AGB), Woman House Guinea-Bissau and Engineering Association of Guinea-Bissau.