Primary school benefitting from solar
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The Kenya Ministry of Education recently launched a project “Digital Literacy Program” to introduce e-learning. In rural areas, the project involves the collaboration with the Rural Electrification Commision of Kenya which is responsible for providing electricity to all public primary schools in the country. Some of the rural schools in Tana Delta have already benefited from this project, with the installation of solar panels and introduction of e-learning. All rural public primary schools have been earmarked for the same type of assistance.
In view of this development, the Tana River Life Foundation has decided to provide solar powered reading lanterns to individual students in selected schools for their use at home instead of duplicating the efforts of the Ministry. Besides enabling them to study and do their homework after dusk, it will also provide lighting for rural homes where the only source of light is the kerosene lamp. This has the added benefit of reducing the risk of fire and smoke inhalation in their homes.
With the change in plans, we are unable to launch the program this year as initially planned. We are now working with 2 Solar Powerhouses to purchase discounted solar lanterns for the students. These will be distributed in January 2017 when the new school year commences. Students from Mwina location will be the first beneficiaries of the project. Although Mwina Primary School has solar power, the villages are off-grid, and rely on kerosene lamps for light.
TRLF youth volunteer, Kingstone from Mikameni, from Mwina Location is excited about the purchase of Solar Lanterns, “We are looking forward to receiving the Solar Lanterns. The lanterns will motivate us to study harder. We are unlikely to have electricity at home soon and it is our hope that the Solar Project will benefit many students and help us get better our examination results."
Oscar Raha Jr
Former beneficiary, Tana River Life Foundation
Kingstone is looking forward to solar lanterns
Parents looking forward to light at home
Foundation visiting potential beneficiaries