Energy for Education (E4E) Programme
Though the number of people in Africa without access to electricity dropped from about 860 million in 2018 to 770 million in 2019, the proportionate reduction is significantly low and this has adverse effects on children and women. As of 2018 according to the World Bank data, only 31.5% of the rural communities (percentage of rural population) have access to electricity. Specifically, only 23% in Cameroon, 10.4% in Malawi, 7.4% in Liberia, 37.7% in Lesotho, 30.9% in Nigeria, 23.4% in Rwanda, 6.4% in Sierra-Leone, 23.7% in South Sudan, 18.8% in Tanzania, 38% in Uganda, 10.9% in Zambia and 19.9% in Zimbabwe. For many students and teachers across the African continent, energy poverty is a challenge faced every day both at home and at school. In fact, 90 million children in sub-Saharan Africa go to primary schools that lack electricity. In effect, the teaching-learning process is conducted without facilities like projectors, computers, or access to the internet because of lack of electricity. Even though these percentages seem like something is better, rural elitism is evident as only the home of few who can afford solar energy or purchase a generator (environmentally unfriendly) are counted among the few. The very poor and vulnerable population is left out and their children study under very poor conditions – with some only studying only during the day to benefit from the gift of nature while others resort to using bush lamps and traditional “Torokang”. This is not just deleterious in terms of educational outcomes but very damaging to their health as sight is strained.
Community Vision Group is not out to electrify every village, but our mission is to electrify schools and become a game-changing organisation in the lives of pupils and students. Through our Energy-for-Education Programme, we are determined to have children in rural schools study in an environment that is similar to that of their urban counterparts. It does not take much to lead this big change and that is the reason we believe so much in shared responsibility.