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Type Journal Article - Energy Policy
Title Educational benefits from solar technology—Access to solar electric services and changes in children’s study routines, experiences from eastern province Zambia
Volume 35
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 1292-1299
URL http://mtonga.se/documents/2007 ENERGY POLICY Educational benefits from solar home systems.pdf
Solar technology is diffused in many parts of the world with the ambition to improve the situation in rural areas. One claimed benefit of solar power at household level is improved situation for studies. The aim of this article is to analyse the impacts that access to solar electric services can have on education in a rural setting. The results presented concern the use of solar home systems related to children's possibilities to study at night and their exposure to TVs and radios are based on two surveys. Children are reported to spend more time studying after getting solar services than prior. They do not complain to the same extent about the light as the children living in houses without solar electric light. TV and radio cassette players are found in many households. Most households served have at least one household member with a formal income, a typical occupation is teacher. A number of schools also have access to solar services through the ESCO-project. The possibility to arrange evening classes is appreciated. Targeting schools serves as a possibility to improve the educational services offered in the rural setting, benefiting all students and not only those that can afford solar at home.

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