South Africa, where Education Creates Shared Value

Published on Tuesday, 10 April 2018

“Thanks to the Liter of Light project, 60 teenagers built 18 Solar Bottles and 25 lights, which now light the villages around Nojoli.”

For development of small and medium enterprises and creating new jobs, professional training centres have been setup in the main South African cities, for technicians specialising in the renewable energy sector.

“In the first year of professional training courses, more than a thousand people participated, including 200 women.”

One of our goals is to create jobs that can guarantee social equity and be a real driver of development. So, alongside technician training, we developed a project to assist small companies working in the renewables sector, whose managers are trained on legislative and fiscal aspects and on business management.

Digitalization and Development

Connect, interact, share. Today, digitalization and internet access are keys to education, because they enable children and teenagers to encounter diversity, discover new realities and increase their awareness.

Alongside the construction of the Gibson Bay wind farm, our largest wind power plant in South Africa, located in the municipality of Kouga in the province of Eastern Cape, for example, a plan has been launched to provide free Wi-Fi services to schools in the area, with the installation of hotspots.

“In Lephalale, a small town in the province of Limpopo, we responded to the mayor’s request, donating 20 laptops and 50 calculators to deserving students.”

Energy and the Fight against Hunger

Roughly 12% of South African children are malnourished. And yet, hotels and restaurants in the country throw away tons of food every day.

Every day, the NGO Soul Provider is committed to using food that would otherwise be wasted and provides hot meals to the country’s indigenous populations.

“Ensuring stable nutrition to children means giving them the energy needed to study, play and live their childhood.”

Through Soul project, Enel Green Power collaborates with the NGO to provide 3,500 meals a children and teenagers every week at school cafeterias.

Well-nourished, children study better. The presence of a hot meal helps to lower the school dropout rate, triggering a virtuous process of creating shared value focused on education.