In Ghana, schoolchildren are light up by playing turnstile
In the middle of an island, in southeastern Ghana, children play during recess on carousels that produce electricity.
The small island of Pediatorkope is one of the poorest places in the country. The fact to not connected to the national electricity grid submerges the isle in absolute darkness at dusk. However, for some time, schoolchildren can now light up at night to study with the energy they have produced playing during the day.
The device is simple and ecological; it requires to set up carousels equipped with turbines, which are then connected to a battery. These batteries are able to recharge in only two hours five 12 V LED lamps that can each operate for forty hours.
These lamps are given to students at the end of the day so that they can illuminate and do their homework at night.
The principle is similar to a windmill only in a more playful version for the schoolchildren of these establishments. A project that has been very successful since its launch back in 2008. It was born from the observation that schoolchildren in rural areas were unlikely to finish their studies after primary school. The main caused of this abandonment are justified by the absence of electricity. Indeed, when children do not have school in the morning, they help their parents in the fieldwork. Then when returning from the fields, especially at dusk, they do not have light that can allow them to review their lessons and do their homework properly.
This project of the American NGO Empower Playground named “Merry-go-rounds” would already have improves student results.The teachers of the beneficiary school recognize today the considerable impact of this project on life quality and the school result of the children because according to Mr. Gerson Kuadegbek teaching at the school of Pediatorkope: “before, the children had bad results in the school, but thanks to these lamps, the program is better assimilated”. Remember that at present, this project of the American NGO has allowed nearly 42 schools in Ghana to equip such facilities and provide children with these LED lamps. An initiative that we should applaud, but also relativize. Indeed, there is still on billion and a half people who do not have access to electricity while is necessary, or even fundamental for a country’s economic and social development.
Indeed, among the population that suffers the most is without any doubt the African continent where 80% of the rural population, whether 600 million people, do not have access to electricity.