Light for Education

In most rural schools in Africa and Asia, due to the lack of electricity it is not possible to give classes after sunset (around 18:00). This not only reduces the learning opportunities for children who need to help their parents in the field during the day. It also makes evening classes for adults impossible.

On the other hand, we can find in many schools very dedicated teachers holding down their job with much zeal and often under difficult conditions. And they encounter highly motivated students. Unlike in many schools in Germany, children in rural areas of developing countries are highly motivated. They know that education is the most important basis in order to even have a chance at a good future.

More than light: Solar energy for Kenyan village schools

For a typical child in rural Kenya, access to education remains the most important means of acquiring the skills that are essential for professional advancement and social self-determination.

The quality of education is decisively determined by the availability of energy. The advantage of solar energy is that it can act as a catalyst in various areas: from light to nutrition and health to learning aids and safety.

Inspired by the Solar Energy Kenya Foundation, we are bundling our experience from previous individual projects into one approach for the first time. We are concentrating on three central areas: Light, nutrition and IT skills.

1. Light for classrooms

Safe, reliable and affordable lighting is one of the most basic energy needs of any school. This includes equipping classrooms and teachers' rooms with solar energy.

2. Mobile solar lamp for schoolchildren

Each pilot school is assigned 100 mobile solar lamps. Every morning, when the child comes to school, he or she brings the family lamp with him or her to recharge it at school during the day. In the evening, the child returns home with a fully charged lamp to enable evening learning. The teachers, who are one of the most important resources in such rural and remote schools, will also benefit from the solar lamps. 

3. One solar water pump per school 

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF have highlighted the lack of adequate nutrition as a major obstacle to the education of poor children in Africa. Many schools in rural Kenya are already cultivating crops and fruits. The crop yields are used to provide school meals and thus enable many children to have a warm meal.

However, the gardens are usually completely dependent on laborious manual irrigation. Solar water pumps, on the other hand, have considerable advantages because they make irrigation more targeted and efficient. The result is a significant improvement in harvests with lower water consumption. 

In our project, each pilot school receives a solar water pump and a thorough introduction to its use. This enables a better and also richer harvest - and thus a higher security for the nutrition situation of the pupils. 

4. Solar-powered computers and internet 

Access to high-quality teaching materials is one of the greatest challenges facing rural schools. It also has an impact on the quality of the teachers teaching: schools without electricity, Internet and computers are not very attractive. 

However, there are now both tried and tested, energy-saving computers and modern software for the learning content. The energy-efficient computers developed by Endless are equipped with over 50 educational applications, including the curriculum content for Kenyan primary schools. With its apps and teaching aids, audiovisual illustrations and videos, the PC is an excellent teaching tool to significantly improve the learning experience for teachers and learners. Each pilot school has 5 units of solar computer, including access to learning apps.

School project Kenya

Our current school project is realized in three primary schools in the regions Meru, Nyeri and Kitui. Each school has about 250 students.

Installation and maintenance of the solar systems is carried out by our Kenyan partner SunTransfer Kenya. The local solar company and Sendea member has a network of rural service stations. We have already successfully implemented several projects with him.

Light for education

"I have been to school until grade 10. I had to quit school because of my eyes. But after we got solar, I have been able to use my brain more. My brain that had forgotten about school work is now creative... I like to write poems….so at night, I take time to write lots of poems as a way to express my feelings."

Melat Terengo (15), student in Ethiopia