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The beginning of our life – should not be judged at all, this is the path of God that has leaded our way to this day!

We must give thanks to these individuals who have decided enough to enough and have decided to go on their own to achieve this dream and make true to life.

Electricity is more than light. This is a true change in our daily life”, A mother, Yelimané, village, Mali

Akon Lighting Africa is a project started in 2014 by music artist Akon with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang which aims to provide electricity by Solar Energy in 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.” – Akon

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.

The academy’s main goal is teaching participants how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity and microgrids, which Akon Lighting Africa says “are really taking off in Africa.” Harnessing solar power is the ideal way for those without electricity to obtain it, because Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year. “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.

With 70 percent of Africans younger than 35, there is a huge need for sustainable jobs, and the organisation hopes their efforts will reap long-term benefits. “We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” Niang said. “With this Academy, we can capitalise on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”

An institute has been designed by Solektra International to support the African solar industry

“Solektra is proud to announce the upcoming inauguration of the Solektra Solar Academy on Tuesday November 24, 2015 in Bamako, Mali. This training center will be the first African institute dedicated to solar technologies. A number of local and international media have expressed great interest in covering this significant milestone for the development of the solar industry in Africa.” (check out more on website

The reason being is that due to frustration with the government not helping with the situation and worrying for the future of our next generation that they have decided to take action instead of talking about it. The issue will not go away if you are just talking and not doing. ACTION is needed NOW, even if it slowly, you are still doing and taking small steps, things would be achieved and changed for the better for the future.

We need to hear more of these stories in the mainstreams press to uplift the next generation that they too can achieve in their dream. This should not be something that the government should be embarrassed about simply because they have not come up with the ideas but for now that it has come to light is now to help with the development for it to go on for the future of next generation.

This is why we at LACE is so passionate in the next generation, if we do not act now with government and educational support we will have generation who will not be self awareness of worth within themselves to try and develop their hidden talents skills. The next generation is our future for the older generation and we older generation need to guide them to make sure the world is in great hands!

To achieve all this vision we need funding, sponsorship and support from professional individuals and educational boards to continue helping in the right direction in helping the next generation within their talents!

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