Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco Pixabay

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, Morocco’s mosques transitioning to solar energy, Burundian refugees are offered a university education in Rwanda and Ethiopian Electric Power signs a deal with neighboring countries.

Green program to provide solar energy for all mosques in Morocco

One of the 15,000 mosques expected to run completely on solar energy.

Morocco launched the Green Mosques program two years ago in hopes of  saving money. The program seeks to raise awareness of renewable energy to the 15,000 mosques in the kingdom. Morocco has one of the largest mosques in the world. Morocco seeks to provide all mosques with LED lighting, photovoltaic systems that convert light into electricity, and solar water heaters. The agency responsible for paying the mosques’ energy bill is the Moroccan Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Rwanda offers university education for Burundian refugees

Burundian school girls waiting for class to start.  Mahama, in Eastern Rwanda, houses the largest Burundian refugee camp in Rwanda. Those who escaped from violence in Burundi were unable to finish their higher education journey. Rwanda has opened its higher education institutions to the refugees and are also providing other basic necessities such as clothes, mattresses, soaps, beddings, shoes and scholastic materials.

Access to higher education is limited for Burundian refugees in Rwanda. For those who have completed their high school education or in the middle of their tertiary schooling, English lessons are provided. Mahama camp currently hosts more than 49,000 refugees.

Ethiopian Electric Power to foster economic integration 

Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) is a publicly traded company that seeks to engage in the development of geothermal resources and the construction of power plants. The company currently has agreements with Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan. EEP is currently underway with signing a 400 megawatts purchase agreement with Tanzania.

Ethiopia’s exportation of energy has drawn support from Japan’s Toshiba corporation. Toshiba seeks to contribute projects in Ethiopia. The company will assist to develop and manufacture major equipment, create operation and management guidelines, co-operate in personnel development, and start a waste heat utilization business. The development of geothermal power will assist Ethiopia in increasing its generating capacity.



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