Many adults who grew up in Mozambique during the war for independence and the civil war never had the chance to go to school. Although they want to learn to read and write, they have to work in the fields or the mines during the day, and at night there is no electric light in rural school buildings.
Our team from Engineers Without Borders Germany is working with the local NGO Progresso to install off-grid DC solar systems (50 W) in 7 rural schools near Mueda in Cabo Delagado province. This will allow adults from the surrounding villages to attend night classes for three hours a day, 5 days a week.
While the advanced components like photovoltaic panels and batteries must be bought in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, the lamps themselves may be made locally. We have developed a simple lamp design, which can be made from wood, thumb tacks, resistors, and LEDs. At three on-site workshops we will work with school teachers and community leaders to build the lamps needed to light the schools.