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Akon Lighting Africa
Today, 600 million Africans still don’t have access to electricity, particularly in rural areas.
In far too many parts of Africa, night-time economic activities are practically non-existent. Women cannot make productive use of their time to carry out the most basic household tasks. Children who help the women cannot study at night without proper light and complete their homework by candle light, an additional expense for parents. Moreover, without access to electricity, over 3.5 million Africans die every year from harmful pollutants or fires in the home produced by costly and toxic solid fuels. To meet these challenges, Akon Lighting Africa seeks to provide a concrete response at grass roots level to Africa’s energy crisis and lay the foundations for future development. Launched in February 2014 by international music star, Akon, leader Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, this initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity. In less than one year, thanks to a private-public partnership model and a well-established network of partners (including SOLEKTRA INT, SUMEC and NARI), a wide range of quality solar solutions, including street lamps, domestic and individual kits, have been installed in 14 African countries. As a result, a number of households, villages, community houses, schools and health centres located in rural areas have been connected to electricity for the first time ever. Local jobs, primarily for young people, have also been created in these communities, whether for installation of equipment’s or for maintenance.
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Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797) Rosa Parks (1913-2005). Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) Emily Pankhurst (1858-1928) Susan B. Anthony, Malala Yousafzai (1997- ) Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) 14th Dalai Lama. (1935 –) Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 –) Shirin Ebadi. (1947 –) Benazir Bhutto. (1953-2007) Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) George Orwell (1903 – 1950) Tom Paine, Abbe Pierre (1912 – 2007) Helen Keller (1880-1968) Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) John Howard (1726 – 1790).
That is just a few people that have fought for equality around the world and that really helped out in to world. For example Malala Yousafzai an 18 year old who lives in Pakistani who also defied the threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. Also Nelson Mandela for Anti-apartheid (anti-apartheid means a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race) leader that spent over twenty years in jail for his opposition to the racist apartheid system in Africa. And finally Martin Luther King who is an non-violent Inspired American civil rights movement to achieve greater equality between blacks and whites in America. I picked those three people to show that, global citizens are around the world and show the main topics of global citizenship; education and a way to bring people together. Those wonderful people helped make the world we are today and improved our global citizenships.
During her visit with Nelson Mandela in December 2000 Oprah Winfrey pledged to build a world class school for girls in South Africa 6 December 2002 Mr. Mandela and the then Minister of Education Professor Kader Asmal joined Ms. Winfrey to break ground on the site of the Academy located in Henley on Klip in Gauteng province.Through personal donations made by Ms. Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation contributed more than $40 million toward the Academy's creation. The Foundation will continue to operate the school and its boarding facilities. Her first senior class in 2007 students' hard work paid off all 72 graduates earned full college scholarships. the only negative part of this foundation is that it only accepts girls not guys because girls don't get the same chances as men so that's a big reason why she made this foundation. There are tons of positives but the main one is girls with poverty get a free education and the schools are top notch and have everything schools in america have.