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Solar technology helps inspire Nigeria’s future engineers

Published: 9 August 2019 - Carly Wills

Azuri Technologies, provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid households in Africa, has joined forces with the Imperial College London to inspire young school children in Nigeria to become the country’s future engineers.

The five-day workshop entitled Creative Futures Nigeria is the brainchild of Dr Sunday Popo-Ola of Imperial College London and introduces school students from all backgrounds to the potential of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a series of activities that test their imagination and skills.

“Creative Futures is designed to inspire pupils to achieve their full potential and encourage them to think about science and higher education. It is an interactive learning experience bringing together nine to16-year-old pupils, role models, mentors and inspirational speakers,” explained Popo-Ola.

In Nigeria, Azuri solar home systems have been installed in over 20,000 off-grid households located in 12 Northern states of the country as part of the office of the vice president’s rural electrification intervention ‘Beyond the Grid’. Further pilots are being embarked for commercial installations across the country to deliver clean, sustainable and reliable solar home solutions to the over 70 million underserved Nigerians living in off-grid communities.

In addition to gaining insight into how the latest solar technology is changing lives in Nigeria, students will take part in challenges involving construction, mechanics and robotics in an effort to inspire them to become innovators of the future.

Workshops will be held in two locations in Kwara State. The first workshop, taking place this week, will include students from six primary schools from Esie, followed by another workshop in Apado Town starting 14 August.

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