Rural Electrification. When one scrutinizes the western media clearly, they are likely to think that Africa is some how, and to some extent being painted badly for some bourgeoisie’s interests some where outside the continent. This kind of bad painting could also have negative effect to Africans if not well managed by people.
The African continent in most part of development literature is regarded as the home of most poor people in the world. And 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, minerals of all sorts some of them only found in the continent such as Tanzanite, only found in Tanzania, and above all it has sun shine almost throughout the year.
Despite great share of the sun shine which shines 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 and exploited 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. The vocational colleges in African countries should invest heavily on solar energy and on how it can be manipulated so as to benefit the most out of it. The students and pupils should learn on how the harvested solar energy could be stored and used throughout the year.
Right now many rural parts of the continent have begun using the sun’s energy changing it into electric energy so as to increase accessibility to electricity. The change of the 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 effectively then it should capitalize on its natural resources available in the continent. It has to educate its own people so that they are able to exploit the resources sustainably profiting the current generation and the coming generations too. To address this problem of poverty, 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 problems for poverty reduction and improve people’s living standards. To address the matter squarely, African countries need to train their pupils, who are the future human resource, with the best possible pragmatic knowledge. Our African children should be taught on how to think independently and bring solution to the continent’s problem including that of poverty.
Poverty reduction, and consequently eradication 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 or should be encouraged to create projects which will enable different economic activities. Through rural electrification the population will engage on different economic activities such as welding, use of electricity for irrigation, come up with movie theaters, poultry farming, 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 African leaders to concentrate on electrification of the rural areas of the continent so as to change the lives of millions living there and thus balance the rural urban migration. When there is reliable accessibility of electricity the migration might change its direction.