TanzSolar Announces 2011 'Light for Every Student' Project in Tanzania in Africa

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First phase to provide solar electricity to power lighting, Internet link for five rural Tanzanian schools covering 2,500 school children

We know that students will be better able to study and will improve their education with lighting and we are in desperate need of electricity and computer access

TanzSolar Ltd., an African nonprofit organization, announces its 2011 “Light for Every Student” project.

The first phase will provide solar electricity to power lighting, computer labs and Internet for five rural Tanzanian schools covering 2,500 school children.

Most Tanzanian school children attend schools with no electricity, limiting their ability to get an education.

For instance, electric lighting extends learning and studying times.

Computers and printers enable teachers to create educational materials, particularly important when books are in very short supply.

And the Internet provides access to an ever-increasing world of free teaching tools and resources.

It is expected that extended learning time, access to the Web and an increased amount and quality of printed materials will greatly improve their national test scores.

These scores determine which students are selected for advanced education, which in turn largely determines their level of poverty.

"We know that students will be better able to study and will improve their education with lighting and we are in desperate need of electricity and computer access,” said William K. Mgungo of the Suguti School in the Rural Musoma School District in Tanzania.

To donate to this project visit http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-schools4africa.

Global Giving, a hosting site assisting small nonprofits in project fundraising, will accept from as little as $10 for one solar light up to $10,000 for a complete solar electric system for a school.

About TanzSolar Ltd. (http://www.tanzsolar.org)
TanzSolar’s mission is to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for children and their families throughout Tanzania by providing solar-powered electricity and lighting. Electricity is unavailable and/or unaffordable throughout most of rural Tanzania so families use kerosene lanterns for light. Kerosene lamps cause hundred of fires every year, produce indoor pollution, can take up a third of a family’s income, and provide improper lighting creating serious barriers to children’s education and learning. To date, TanzSolar has provided over 5,000 rural Tanzanian homes with solar lighting. Tanzsolar’s contact info is (415) 891-7657 or visit http://www.tanzsolar.org.

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