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Push for Solar Energy in Schools by Justice Minister

Harnessing Sunlight for Education

by Victor Adetimilehin

In a bold move towards sustainable development, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, championed the use of renewable energy within Ghana’s educational institutions. Speaking at Adisadel Senior High School’s 114th Speech and Prize-giving Day in Cape Coast, Dame highlighted the critical role of solar energy in ensuring uninterrupted electricity for schools, which is vital for creating conducive learning environments and averting power disruptions due to unpaid bills.

Renewable Energy: A Game-Changer for Schools

Dame’s advocacy for solar power stems from its abundance and reliability, even under cloudy conditions, making it a superior choice for meeting the growing energy needs of schools, especially in light of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy. This initiative, lauded as a transformative move by the government, hinges on the provision of consistent and affordable energy to sustain its momentum. By tapping into solar energy, schools can significantly reduce their operational costs while contributing to environmental conservation.

The Attorney-General underscored the United Nations Climate Change Action Policy’s forecast, which predicts a substantial increase in global renewable and solar energy use by 2050. This projection aligns with Dame’s vision for secondary education in Ghana, where he sees renewable energy as pivotal to the nation’s development and the enlightenment of its society.

A Brighter Future for Ghana’s Youth

The shift towards solar energy is not just about improving energy access; it’s also about laying the groundwork for a future where Ghanaian students are equipped with the skills to thrive in the fourth Industrial Revolution. The government’s commitment to STEM education, emphasized by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s statement at the event, read by the Interior Minister, Henry Quartey, reflects a strategic approach to preparing the youth for emerging job markets.

Incorporating renewable energy into the curriculum could foster innovation among students, preparing them for green jobs and leadership in sustainable development. The initial cost of solar installations, while notable, presents an opportunity for public-private partnerships to support underprivileged institutions, ensuring that the transition to green energy is inclusive and equitable.

Pioneering Sustainable Development Through Education

As Ghana positions itself advantageously on the globe for solar energy capture, the call to action by Dame for solar-powered schools resonates with a broader ambition to integrate sustainability into the fabric of Ghanaian education. This move not only addresses the immediate challenges of energy reliability and costs but also contributes to the national agenda of reducing dependency on non-renewable energy sources.

The encouragement of renewable energy use in schools symbolizes a step towards a more prosperous and sustainable future for Ghana, where education catalyzes environmental stewardship and economic growth. As the nation progresses, the seeds sown through initiatives like these are expected to blossom into a landscape where renewable energy powers not just schools but fuels the aspirations of an entire generation.

Source: Graphic Online 

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