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Education without power

When the sun sets in many parts of rural India, its light is replaced by the faint flicker of a kerosene lamp. Or total darkness. Because there is no power.

To run a school when there’s no power is not easy. In warm weather, there are no fans to give comfort. Computers can’t be used in the education. And at sunset, teaching stops as it’s not possible to read or write without lighting.

To be a student without power is also a challenge. Doing homework at night is difficult, if not impossible, because there is no sufficient source of light available. Reading in kerosene or candle light puts too much strain on the eyes to be sustainable for any length of time.

The solution? Micropower from OMC = small-scale energy for both mobile networks and rural communities.

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Full transcript:

Vinod Kumar Gupta, Teacher:
“The big difference between a city and a village is power. If we had power we could have better lighting in the classrooms, and more fans. Our problems with heat during summer could be eradicated by using electric fans.”

Tumasti, College student:
“Power means that we can move forward.”

Usha Devi, Teacher:
“Sometimes kerosene is too expensive for the poor to buy. If they had power, their lives would become so much better.”

Tumasti, College student:
“It’s difficult to study without power. If I had power, I would be better prepared for my exams. I would have more time to study and get better grades.”

Vinod Kumar Gupta, Teacher:
“If we had power, I could teach in the evenings, and use computers in the education.”

Usha Devi, Teacher:
“If power comes to us, our children’s education will improve.”

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