Mobisol partners with MTN in electrification campaign to power eight schools in rural Rwanda

Mobisol has joined mobile network operator MTN in their campaign to electrify eight rural Rwandan schools with no prior access to electricity in eight working days! Schools in the districts of Gicumbi, Ngoma, Kamonyi, Nyagatare, Gakenke, Nyaruguru, Nyabihu and Nyamasheke will be benefitting from the installations of high-quality, reliable and sustainably managed and maintained Mobisol Solar School Systems.

The customized 600Wp Solar School Systems are safely installed by trained and certified Mobisol technicians and come with all necessary components to illuminate and power the schools – including e.g. wiring, efficient and bright LEDs, mobile phone chargers, solar lanterns, TVs and radios. The sustainable electrification of the schools immensely improves the teaching and learning environment. Not only for night, but by illuminating the school buildings with efficient LEDs, both teachers and kids can see better on overcast days – especially important during rainy season. Teachers can prepare the next day’s lessons and activities after the dusk. Additionally, the lighting of the buildings enables the institutions to open their doors for 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.

Electricity provides teachers with the opportunity to play music, listen to radio broadcasts using the supplied solar radio or show educational programs on the supplied solar TV. Furthermore, laptops can be operated, providing students with the opportunity to acquire IT skills that are increasingly important in Rwanda’s service-oriented economy. Also students can learn how to use the Internet to access informational channels and navigate virtually in an increasingly interconnected world. Teachers can operate laptops and gather information via the Internet on appropriate teaching materials. In addition, the opportunity to charge cell phones provides real security benefits – both for students in case of health problems or accidents and for teachers who are staying at school after nightfall as they can now easily call for outside help in case of problems via their charged cell phone.

The 600Wp Solar School Systems themselves can also be utilized for educational purposes, training and informing students on sustainability, renewable energies 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 will be more likely to share their knowledge and sensitize their wider community about renewable energies and environmental protection.

Mobisol is very happy to have found a reliable partner in MTN, being able to supply electricity to thousands of students across the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’. And, after all, we are even more happy to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children and teenagers around the country whose educational opportunities will be visibly raised through their school’s sustainable electrification!

Read some of the wide media coverage:
In Hope Magazine: MTN & Mobisol partner in school electrification Campaign.
In The New Times: MTN, Mobisol donate solar systems to eight rural schools.
In the Rwanda Focus: MTN, Mobisol in joint school electrification drive.
In the East African Business Week: MTN Rwanda helps in rural electricity.
In Igihe: MTN na Mobisol bigiye kugeza ingufu zikomoka ku zuba mu mashuri 8 yo mu cyaro (Kinyarwanda).
In allAfrica: Rwanda: MTN, Mobisol in Joint School Electrification Drive.
…and view MTN’s video about the campaign!