NamPower donates solar lights to Zambezi learners

28 October 2019 | Energy

STAFF REPORTER



The NamPower Foundation has handed over 150 solar lights to the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in Windhoek, which in turn will donate them to learners in the Zambezi Region as part of its advocacy programme on environmental and wildlife protection in the region.



“We want to give the pupils and their parents not abstract solutions to issues arising from climate change and wildlife crime, but rather pragmatic teaching and learning tools, which are relevant to them, and also, the ability to actually change their behaviour in various areas.



“The children will benefit directly by having one solar lantern per household, enabling them to study at home at night, and also enabling them and others to believe and invest in climate change adaptation measures,” said Hans-Christian Mahnke of the LAC.



Since August the LAC has been providing training on climate change and adaptation measures, the ecosystem, biodiversity, wildlife crime and resource management at ten selected schools in the Zambezi Region.



The programme will be expanded to more schools next year. One of the educational topics is the sustainable usage of electricity.



The LAC says in the Zambezi Region, which has the poorest population and weakest infrastructure, 86% of households rely on wood for cooking, according to 2015 statistics.



Only 14% in the Zambezi Region have access to electricity for cooking, while 32% have access to electricity for lightning.



As a result, 62% of the people in the region use candles for lighting, which are ecologically unsustainable and risky. Solar lanterns offer a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution.

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