WakaWaka Lamp Challenge

Schoolgen have linked with a Dutch company who has developed a highly efficient and beautifully designed solar powered LED lamp. Their product is called the WakaWaka lamp and it is already making a very positive change in the lives of the African school children and their families. With this clean renewable light source they are able to study without polluting their homes with fumes from dirty kerosene lamps. WakaWaka means "shining light" in the African language of Swahili (coincidentally "waka" also means canoe in Te Reo Maori).

Kiwi students improving the lives of others

The following New Zealand students have raised money to donate WakaWaka's to African school in Kenya:

At the Schoolgen Energy Cluster Day at Pukehou School in November 2012 students and teachers attending gave a small donation which donated 8 WakaWaka lights.

At the Schoolgen Energy Cluster Day at Wanganui School in May 2012 students and teachers attending each gave a small donation which donated 6 WakaWaka lights.

Redwood girls
Students from Redwood School

After attending the Schoolgen Energy Cluster Day at Muritai School in March 2012: St Peter and St Paul School raised enough money for 17 WakaWaka lights - an outstanding effort! - thanks to the energy of Jemima Gillingham, Olivia van Woerkom, Nicola Brennan and Finn Boland-Taylor.

Redwood School raised enough to donate 10 WakaWaka lights to African students and their families- well done girls!

To find out how YOU can contribute (and also receive one for yourself) check out the Waka-Waka website.


The UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All 2012

The United Nations, made up of 193 countries, named 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

The UN have three major goals that they aim to achieve in the world by 2030:

  1. Ensure universal access to modern energy services.
  2. Double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
  3. Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

How does it relate to New Zealand?

Through Schoolgen we learn about the importance of sustainable energy to improve our lives, the state of the environment, and the technological advancement of our own nation. We live in a "Developed nation" and most of us live very comfortable and fortunate lives with many opportunities. From this privileged position we can help school children and their families in the far poorer "Developing nations" where so many families live on less than US$2 a day.

Schoolgen supports the aims of United Nations in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency to help the huge numbers of people who have no access to electricity (1300 million people) or clean cooking fuels (3000 million people). Gaining access to sustainable energy will allow them to live a healthier, longer and more productive life with greater opportunities.