UK solar firm Azuri is helping off-grid children across Kenya to continue education while schools are closed

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Published: 6 April 2020

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A leader in pay-as-you-go solar home solutions for off-grid Africa is helping off-grid children across Kenya to continue education while schools remain closed.
 

Kenyan schools have been closed as a measure to contain spread of the Coronavirus. With more than 15 million primary and secondary students at home, the Ministry of Education announced it would broadcast lessons up to eight hours daily through dedicated radio and television channels.

Equality for rural children

Solar-powered satellite TV from Azuri Technologies is helping rural children across the country to access the new education channels.

It’s helping to ensure they are benefiting from the national initiative as much as fellow students in urban areas who are connected by the grid.



Thanks to off-grid systems like AzuriTV, rural households can access government channels like Edu TV Channel 029.

It features daily lessons including English, Kiswahili, Maths and Science, along with the hygiene and nutrition lessons being broadcast to help inform students and families on best practice to help defeat the spread of Coronavirus.



‘Azuri is committed to supporting off-grid households through this challenging time and we want to do all we can to ensure that children in rural Kenya are not left behind in terms of learning progress due to the crisis facing the nation and the world.’

SIMON BRANSFIELD-GARTH
Azuri CEO




Continuing education

Azuri-powered off-grid households can also access learning via Radio Taifa, with lessons broadcast throughout the day, Monday to Friday.

Rose Adeny, from Kolwenge, Siaya in Kenya, has three school-aged children at home.

‘Because we have Azuri solar at home, we are able to listen and stay up to date with the news and government information being shared’, she said. ‘But just as important, the children can continue their studies and not be left behind.’

‘The children miss their friends and being at school, but thanks goodness they can continue with their education from home. Thankfully we have Azuri solar TV and they can watch and learn the same as if they were at school.’

HELLEN AWOUR
Mother of four from Ngunya, Siaya, Kenya

Pay-as-you-go solar

Azuri has been operating in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012 with a presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria.


It has coupled off-grid solar with energy-efficient smart TVs, rechargeable radios, satellite entertainment and a range of other appliances and services to bring modern digital technology to the millions who have no access to modern powered services in off-grid households.

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