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65 solar kits handed out in Akplolo (Togo) to support children’s education

12/11/2019 Partnerships

Within the context of the partnership signed in late 2018 by ARMOR and UNESCO designed to support education in Togo, 65 solar kits have been handed out to pupils at the primary school in the village of Akplolo.

This operation follows the very positive results already obtained last year. Six ASCA® solar kits had been handed out and produced improved school results and more time spent on schoolwork outside the teaching hours.

Akplolo, a village without access to energy

Located in the south of Togo some 100km from Lomé, Akplolo has neither roads nor current access to electricity. Solar energy is therefore an ideal solution for the village and its inhabitants to meet everyday needs, such as lighting and communication.

Solar kits - Akplolo

65 kits and 240 lights

On October 18, 65 ASCA® solar kits were handed out to the village’s pupils by GRAD, the village’s local association, in addition to 240 lights. The solar kits include a pouch which, once opened up, is transformed into a solar charger and LED light with integrated battery.

Thanks to the ASCA® film, incorporated within the pouch, the light’s battery recharges throughout the day. It can then be used after nightfall for several hours. The children are therefore able to study during the evening when they come home, in addition to offering a lighting solution for the whole family.

In order to measure the impact of this operation on the schoolchildren, a study will be conducted by GRAD covering the entire school year.

Adrien RANCHON, ASCA® Business Developer in Africa, gives us his thoughts on the campaign.

“This project in partnership with UNESCO is interesting on multiple levels. Beyond the positive impact on the children’s education, the social impact is also significant within the home and in terms of the relationships between parents and children. The parents are proud of their children and encourage them to go to school.

Furthermore, the teachers can find new working methods and ways of encouraging collective or individual homework. Overall, the impact is highly positive for both the village and the school. We will be replicating this type of project in Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso, and hopefully in many more countries in Africa!”

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