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Kids & Teens Resource Centre, First Electric Set to Distribute Solar Lanterns to Ondo Students with Disabilities, Economically Disadvantage Homes

One of the leading Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Ondo State, Kids & Teens Resource Centre ( K&TRC) in partnership with First Electric is embarking on a rural electrification project in communities across the state with the aim to ultimately improve educational standards of students.

Speaking at the launch of the project tagged: “Illuminating the Future” in Akure on Thursday, 25th May, 2023, the Executive Director, KTR&C, Mrs. Folashade Bamigboye said children were unable to study after the sun goes down as a result unstable power supply in Nigeria which reduces the study time by these categories of children.

Mrs. Bamigboye, who said those majorly affected are people living in rural communities and those who have been socially excluded from basic services, especially children with disabilities. According to her, the focus is to distribute solar lanterns to young people with disabilities and students from economically disadvantaged families with the goal to improve their educational standards.

Mrs Bamigboye equally used the avenue to discuss the importance of using the solar panel, the economical benefits. According to her, most homes rely on different sizes of generators for alternative power supply. The cost spent on average on fuelling generators is about N1,000 per 4-5 hours at night daily. Close to N30,000 per month. However, with a Solar Light, one can save all the money one would spend on petrol, kerosene, and candles.

While stressing that no fewer than 100 hearing impaired students and 80 vulnerable children from disadvantaged families across the 3 Senatorial districts will benefit from the initiative, Mrs. Bamigboye also said that the beneficiaries will be trained on maintaining the solar lanterns.

Also speaking, the Project Manager, First Electric, Mr. Gbenga Alomaja took time to highlight some of the things the organization has been doing since its establishment 4 years ago. While also assuring that First Electric is committed to impacting lives as a social investment in order to make it possible for people to take advantage of social amenities, Mr. Alomaja restated that in weeks to come, K&TRC will begin the process of distribution of the solar lanterns to the schools.

He also used the occasion to urge school administrators not to clog the process as there are set criteria for the selection of the beneficiaries baseline of targets for the project using the child vulnerability index.

Some identified features of the solar lanterns according to Mr. Alomaja include the fact that it can provide light for 5-7 days, comes with a charging port, a radio and can be charged through light and solar.

In separate remarks, the representatives of the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development applauded K&TRC and First Electric for coming up with the initiative just as they expressed high hopes that it will go a long way in improving students educational standards.

Also in attendance at the event include members of Civil Societies, some students from the benefiting schools, parents among other key stakeholders.

Selected schools for the project include Owo High School, Igbobinni High School, Ese-Odo School of the Deaf, and Akure High School.

“With the solar lantern that will be given to us, we will be more comfortable as the sun goes down to further read our books. The light from the solar lantern will help us to engage in our evening chores and charge our mobile phones – which means we are regularly in touch with our friends and family.” – One of the potential beneficiaries of the solar lantern project from the school of the Hearing Impaired said this with sign language.

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