Category: education

—Rehema Kanama, who lives off the grid in a rural western Uganda. Kanama, a single mother, is making affordable monthly payments toward fully owning her new home solar system, which replaced an inefficient kerosene set-up. “The children are very happy,” Kanama said, because her three children are now able to use the more reliable lighting to complete their homework assignments. VIA AFRICA TIMES

Throughout Africa from Ivory Coast to Morocco to Kenya, major solar projects are sprouting, each helping provide access to the 600 million Africans who lack access to energy. “Energy is a major issue for the African continent, because someone who does not have access to energy cannot have access to health, telecommunications, or education,” said industry executive Alexandre Castel. While the solutions all contribute to a singular goal, leaders are not pursuing a one-size-fits-all approach. While Benin is banking on 100 small renewable…

— A teacher at the San Pablo school, located in northern Nicaragua about 50 minutes from the town of La Murra. The San Pablo school and others in Nicaragua are installing off-grid solar units to power lighting, part of a collaborative effort by a number of organizations, including buildOn, SolarCity’s GivePower Foundation, Trees, Water & People, Luciérnaga, and Proleña. Electric lighting enables nighttime adult education classes, afternoon sessions for students on cloudy days during rainy season, maintaining charged cell phones…

— Bakare Kone, a resident of Zantiebougou in rural Mali, discussing differences since solar brought power to his village. “The first lights we had were the street lights and the children would study under them,” Kone says. According to author Joe Ware, “improvements in healthcare have been particularly acute with medicines requiring refrigeration now able to be stocked in the village…. Injections no longer need to be administered by flashlight.” VIA THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION (Photo: CHRISTIAN AID/Lilly Peel)