WHAT CAN YOU NOTICE ABOUT SOLAR COW PROJECT’S IMPACT ?
Yolk’s latest data analysis of Solar Cow Project in Arusha, Tanzania, found that participants in the Solar Cow Project there increased their school attendance by up to an average of 11.4% in 2019-20 school year compared to the previous year. In addition there are benefits such as the ability to study at night and their school study schedule is stabilized, further enhancing learning. This extra time in class will help boost their learning and grades, increasing their likelihood of completing elementary school and going on to high school too. Better performance in school will help these kids to get better jobs once they finish their education.
Parents living without access to electricity send their kids to school – not work – in return for this valuable source of energy each day. Meeting families’ short-term energy needs also helps them break out of the cycle of poverty in long term by providing kids with an education, creating fundamental change. Education is an essential tool to tackle poverty because it enables people to solve their own problems instead of relying on outside help.
WHAT IS ASUCO ACHIEVING IN GOMA, DR CONGO WITH YOLK
ASUCO non-profit organization is implementing Solar Cow Project as the Yolk’s appointed entity. ASUCO’s mission is to help people become a solution to their own problems and to the problems of their community by serving others.
Although school has become free in public schools , many children continue to miss school and drop out. Free education supported by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, although being a very important effort of the regime of Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo to promote education for all children, there are nevertheless challenges attached to it, in particular the loss of collaboration between parents and schools, putting the education of children in a lack of follow-up and transforming the education-learning process into simple brain stuffing. Public schools do not have enough facilities to accommodate all children and the numbers to be accommodated are limited per class.
Parents also bring children to private schools after running out of space for their children in public schools or for better monitoring of the education-learning process of their children or because their living environments only have private schools. With regard to bringing them because of having lacked places in public schools, several children suffer from abandonment and absenteeism due either to payment difficulties or to parents’ ignorance of the benefits of education.
Thanks to the Solar Cow project, Asuco and its partner Yolk, with the support of LG Electronics, want to contribute to meeting the challenge linked to attendance by reducing the rate of abandonment, absenteeism, and by boosting parents in monitoring the education-learning process of their children while encouraging children to revise their lessons and do their homework thanks to the energy offered to them. It was also found that several children concerned about their education and living in poor families also work to pay for their schooling. These children pass the time at school and after school they are involved in gravel, sand and masonry work to earn a penny to pay for their studies. These children do not get time to do their homework or revise their lessons since their homes are devoid of electricity and light. Their results do not encourage them in spite of the efforts, they are exposed to the diseases due to the gases emitted by the kerosene lamps which they use while endeavoring to read at night, others do their homework hastily early in the morning before going to school and it becomes a cause of their failures.
The project targets for this year 750 children and nearly 600 families to be accompanied for their economic recovery as a strategy likely to sustain the achievements of the project given that the donor should not continually provide for the replacement needs of the systems installed in schools and that he would not regularly replace used kits or give new kits to every other new child in need. Parents strengthened and made economically stable will in turn take over and continue to provide for the needs of improving the study conditions of children.
This is why ASUCO will support parents by offering them an opportunity to accumulate financial resources through savings and access to loans allowing them to stabilize income-generating activities.
This strategy is also a sensitization of parents to get involved in the school curriculum of their children, a way to allow parents to break the cycle of poverty and dependence on external aid.
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