10 June 2015

Rwanda: MTN, Mobisol in Joint School Electrification Drive

Mobisol has joined mobile network operator MTN in their 21 Days of Y'ello Care campaign that began on June 1. The campaign aims at extending electricity to eight rural Rwandan schools in the districts of Gicumbi, Ngoma, Kamonyi, Nyagatare, Gakenke, Nyaruguru, Nyabihu and Nyamasheke, according to a press release.

Like it has been previously, the Y'ello Care programme will benefit disadvantaged communities by focusing on sustainable ICT initiatives through the provision of relevant educational equipment and skills mentoring.

Yvonne Mubiligi, MTN's corporate affairs manager said: "We seek to support the Rwandan government in enabling off-grid rural electrification efforts with innovative off-grid lighting solutions. Many of these rural schools have no power which limits reading and studying time. We believe this partnership will produce productive citizens able to compete in the already hi-tech global market."

The customized 600Wp solar school systems come with all necessary components to illuminate and power the schools - including wiring, efficient and bright LEDs, mobile phone charging, solar lanterns, TVs and radios.

They can be utilized for educational purposes, training and informing students on sustainability, renewable energy and general electronic features and developments. Using the practical example of their own solar system, children get a more hands-on introduction to renewable energy and basic ideas of climate change, solar energy and sustainability. In this way, both teachers and children are more likely to share their knowledge and sensitize the wider community about renewable energies and environmental protection.

Additionally, the lighting enables the institutions to open their doors to the wider community after nightfall and to provide students, teachers and people from the surrounding communities with an opportunity to study, gather and jointly use the school facilities during the evening and night hours.

Furthermore, laptops can be operated, providing students with the opportunity to acquire IT skills that are increasingly important in Rwanda's service-oriented economy. Students can learn how to use the internet to access information.

Dario Simbizi, EU Project Manager at Mobisol said: "We are glad to support thousands of children around the country whose educational opportunities will be visibly raised through their school's sustainable electrification."

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