The African continent in most part of development literature is regarded as the home of most poor people in the world. Yet Africa is one of the richest continents in terms of natural resources. The continent has great land for agriculture, it has large equatorial forests, and above all it has sun shine almost throughout the year.
Despite great share of the sun shine throughout the year – many parts of the continent stays “dark” throughout the year as they have no access to electricity. The sun shine has not been employed effectively to change people’s living standards. The sun has massive energy that could be changed into energy that would definitely change people’s lives.
Right now many rural parts of the continent have began using the sun energy changing it into electric energy so as to increase accessibility to electricity. The change of sun’s energy into electric energy is being converted by solar power companies of which most of these companies come from outside the continent. Africa if indeed intends to fight poverty then it should capitalize on its natural resources available in the continent. To address that problem it calls for change of most teaching programs at different levels of education in the continent.
The education programs should address the local problems and seek for solution from the available resources. The solar power companies serving the people in the continent should be African. That can be possible only if our education programs turn towards the resources we possess and direct them to solve our local programs for poverty reduction.
Poverty reduction can be well addressed by electricity. The rural electrification of the continent will literally witness a great economic miracle as the rural population will come up with different economic activities. Through rural electrification the population will engage on different economic activities such as welding activities, use of electricity for irrigation, come up with movie theaters, using electricity for cooking instead of charcoal and firewood thus saving the forests, to mention but just a few. To wind up I call upon the African leaders to concentrate on electrifying of the rural areas of the continent so as to change the lives of millions living there.