Project #10375

Solar MP3 players to educate Zambian children

by Lifeline Energy
$10,409 Raised
total goal
monthly donor
One solar Lifeplayer MP3 provides access to school lessons for up to 60 children. In Zambia, thousands of children attend a radio school initiative called Learning at Taonga Market that follows the national syllabus. Many children live in remote areas far from formal schools and have no other option for a quality education. The school lessons can be played on demand, and repeated. For schools with few resources and no electricity, our Lifeplayers may be a child's best opportunity to learn.


Tens of thousands of children (1/3 are orphans) are dependent on Learning at Taonga Market to receive a high quality primary school education via audio lessons. These children are unable to attend government schools due of costs of uniforms, books & exam fees, distance from their home (some kids walk hours each day) and poverty. The most effective and cost effective way to reach and teach these children is to pre-load lessons onto our Lifeplayers, to be played and repeated on demand.


Our Lifeplayer MP3s are pre-loaded with Taonga primary school lessons and teacher training tips. If a lesson is missed, it can be made up anytime. The Lifeplayer can be paused & content replayed again & again. Radio broadcasts can be recorded. It's solar & wind-up - no batteries or electricity needed. Its great sound quality means at least 60 learners can listen at one time. With an acute shortage of trained teachers in Zambia, the best teachers are recorded.

Long-Term Impact

Since the radio lessons began broadcasting a decade ago, Learning at Taonga Market has not only exceeded expectations, learners often out-perform those at government schools - scoring 10-15% higher. Surveys reveal 70% of children who take part in Taonga continue to secondary school - an impressive figure for rural areas. With our Lifeplayer MP3 eager learners will be able to continue their education, giving them a far greater chance of completing primary school & learning English.

Lifeline Energy website
Learning at Taonga Market official teaching manual

Organization Information

Lifeline Energy

Location: Cape Town, South Africa - South Africa
Project Leader:
Kristine Pearson
Cape Town, Cape South Africa