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November 2020 | Closing the digital learning divide
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An estimated1.3 billion pupils have experienced school closures across 186 countries due to COVID-19. Millions of children in Africa and Asia do not have access to digital learning devices or even electricity. As we mark this year’s World Children’s Day, off-grid energy technologies are urgently needed to ensure learning continuity for every child. Read >> 
Podcast: Renewable energy and the digital divide

The pandemic has exacerbated severe inequalities in developing countries in terms of access to education. We spoke with UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen about why advances in off-grid solar technologies are catalytic to ending the digital education divide. Listen >>

Video: Solar-powered learning mini-series

How are solar-powered innovations already helping tackle the lack of adequate education for rural children in Africa and Asia? We curated a group of videos that highlight some of the interesting work happening on the ground. Watch >>

Research: Powering Agriculture eBooklet

Agriculture is 2-4 times more effective at reducing poverty than other sectors, according to the World Bank. In this new booklet, we have brought together the clearest data points articulating the direct relationship between decentralized energy access and agriculture productivity and food security.
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Spotlight: Why the G20 must agree to an energy access reboot

As COVID-19 pushes up the number of people living without electricity for the first time in 7 years, according to the IEA, it is urgently required that G20 leaders meeting this month agree to clear, measurable targets for a post-pandemic, energy access reboot based on renewables. More >>

Campaign Updates

In Uganda, we hosted a kick-off of a national platform for strengthening the link between food and productive use of energy. Our India team convened a communications workshop with leading journalists in Jharkhand state, and organized the third installment of Energy Catalyst's "Lessons from the Frontline" series. Also, we will participate in Uganda Power Forum 2020 to highlight our integrated electrification initiative. Keep up to date >>

Giving Tuesday: Help us end energy poverty faster

In light of COVID-19, the team at Power for All has redoubled its efforts to help ensure that all people have access to reliable, affordable, clean energy around the world. On December 1, aka Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting us by donating here.

"We are a very unequal world. Half the world is not connected, and right now we’ve got at least half the world’s children out of school. So it’s those children we need to reach. We need to reach them now."

- Henrietta Holsman Fore, executive director of UNICEF, September 2020.
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