Zimbabwe’s Governement to Promote Solar Energy for Computers
by Kelvin Chibomba
26 February 2008
http://africa.oneworld.net/article/view/158227/1/

In the absence of a reliable supply of other energy sources, the Zimbawean Government has launched a programme to promote the use of solar energy as an alternative source of energy for computers in schools around the country, in conjunction with Mukonitronics Private Limited. The programme to be spread to all the country's provinces is also being implemented with the Zimbabwe Academic Research Network.

Officially launching the programme at Dzivaresekwa 2 High School yesterday, the provincial education director for Harare, Tomax Doba said the launch was in line with the ministry's efforts to make sure that all graduates from the education system were computer literate.

"We are moving in to promote the use of solar power as an alternative to hydro electricity supply that has been erratic in the country. The ministry feels there should be no excuse for schools not to take lessons in computers because of power outages when we can harness solar energy”. Doba said his ministry had started a programme to train more computer teachers so as to curb the current shortages that has hit the country.

"Government has also made it a policy that all graduates leaving teachers' colleges are computer literate. Now that the teachers are coming I want to appeal to school development authorities, parents and school heads to secure more computers so that all pupils have a chance to interact with the machines," he said.