Azuri helps children in Kenya continue school in lockdown
Milton-based off-grid solar solutions company Azuri Technology is helping children in Kenya to continue education while schools remain closed.
Kenyan schools have been shut down to help contain the spread of coronavirus. With 15 million primary and secondary pupils at home, the Ministry of Education announced it would broadcast lessons up to eight hours daily through dedicated radio and television channels.
Thanks to off-grid systems like AzuriTV, rural households can access government channels such as Edu TV Channel 029, which features daily lessons including English, Kiswahili, maths and science, along with hygiene and nutrition lessons being broadcast to inform students and families on best practice to defeat the virus.
“Azuri is committed to supporting off-grid households through this challenging time and we want to do all we can to ensure that children in rural Kenya are not left behind in terms of learning progress due to the crisis facing the nation and the world,” said CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth.
Azuri-powered off-grid households can also access learning via Radio Taifa, with lessons broadcast during the day, Monday to Friday.
“The children miss their friends and being at school, but thank goodness they can continue with their education from home,” said Hellen Awour, mother of four children, from Ngunya, Siaya, Kenya.
Rose Adeny, from Kolwenge, Siaya, who has three school children at home, said: “Because we have Azuri solar at home, we are able to listen and stay up to date with news and government information but, just as important, the children can continue their studies and not be left behind.”
Azuri has been operating in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012 with presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria, linking off-grid solar with energy-efficient smart TVs, rechargeable radios, satellite entertainment, and a range of other appliances and services to bring modern digital technology to off-grid households.