Unfortunately the whole of Northern Uganda schools do not have electricity except for a few schools in Towns of Gulu, Kitgum and two schools in Pader town. In Pader and Agago districts alone more than 400 schools do not have electricity. They all depend on sun lights to be taught and to read their books. They do not revise their books in the night since they do not have electricity. They do not learn and study anything to do with computers and Modern technology in education. Yet the examinations are set nationally for all students in Uganda and these disadvantage children have to compete with the rest of the country with better educational facility. This is why in examinations of all levels in Uganda it is Northern Uganda that normally performs poorly than any other parts of Uganda. To help end the restriction placed on the students education, we must utilize the sunlight with the installation of solar panels to provide power/electricity to classrooms, lighting the children’s path to more opportunities.
We believe that a primary way to break this cycle is to improve the children’s educational opportunities by providing them with solar electricity. Solar electricity will help to improve the education and security of the children who has been affected by civil war in Northern Uganda. We cannot cover all these 400 schools at once with solar electricity but we will keep giving to the schools as we get them. The cost of installing solar electricity/power in one school cost $3,000 US Dollars.
July 2015: REPORT FROM FRIENDS OF ORPHANS ON COUNTDOWN TO PEACE BY: Orach Charles