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Schools in informal areas to be powered up

17 March 2016, 15:32 Vincent Munga

Nairobi - The Aga Khan Foundation has partnered with Davis & Shirtliff to provide solar equipment for over a hundred schools located in informal settlements in a bid to improve learning conditions.

It is estimated that over 40 000 pupils from Nairobi & Mombasa Counties will benefit from improved conditions at the schools. The project is expected to be complete by end of April 2016.

“The schools are in very congested in a heavily built up slum-encroached areas. This makes the classrooms dark even during the day hence the need for proper lighting to facilitate effective learning,” said Norman Chege Solar Manager at Davis & Shirtliff.

Also read: Kenyan university to host China- funded culture center.

The project is also expected to substantially enhance security measures within the schools and their environs and also ease administration functions in the schools.

“We have completed the first phase that entailed installation of the equipment for 28 schools. The second phase where we are hooking 75 schools to the solar powered systems starts next week,” said Chege.

The first phase entailed supply and installation of solar kits in schools in Nairobi which include Kayole, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru kwa Reuben, Lunga Lunga, Mukuru Fuata Nyayo, Dandora and Soweto.

 The second phase will cover Nairobi and Mombasa. Specific localities earmarked in the latter phase include Kibera, Mathare, Likoni, Changamwe and Kisauni.

The project has been funded by the Aga Khan Foundation while Davis & Shirtliff will undertake the implementation.

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