In sub-Saharan Africa 65% of primary schools lack even the most basic access to electricity.
This severely limits the opportunities of children across the continent.
No electricity means no internet.
With studies showing that the internet is now one of the most useful educational tools available to teachers, not having access means African children are missing out on the information and experiences that most youngsters take for granted.
The lack of electricity also effects teachers.
With no electricity and no internet teachers cannot learn new skills or techniques to improve their lessons. They also have a far shorter time to teach as they can only do so during daylight hours.
No electricity restricts the types of skills a child can learn.
Without access to energy young adults cannot learn to weld or become an engineer. It means they cannot learn the skills which could one day allow them to get a job and improve not only their lives – but those of their families too.
The best way to ensure schools give children the best opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty is through reliable, safe and affordable electricity delivered by a connection to the grid.
For millions of people around the world, reliable electricity can mean the difference between life or death. Decent healthcare is also essential for development, as it’s through safe childbirth and family planning that women become free to earn or study, one of the best routes out of poverty we know. Yet another reason why electricity matters.