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Number of Schools we provide Mwezi Lights to

Our Schools

The Mwezi Foundation have donated solar lights to over 70 primary schools across Kenya, and we are regularly approving new applications.

In 2020, we donated a total of 1,638 solar lights. This means that there are over 2,800 Mwezi solar lights in primary schools in Kenya’s Kwale and Kilifi districts at the moment.

Our goal is to support 50% of all the schools in Kwale and Kilifi by 2026 – that’s over 300 schools! This will involve donating over 7,000 solar lights as a minimum. Here is just a selection of the primary school that we support already:

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcom X

Scroll across this map of Kenya to discover exactly where our solar lights can be found:

Our teachers:

Our team keeps in regular contact with the teachers at the schools that we support. Julia and Dorcas go on regular check-ups with each school to talk with the teachers, donate new solar lights, take away broken lights for repair, and discuss the effect that the lights are having. In addition, we communicate through email and our Mwezi Whatsapp group, which contains all of our teachers, our UK directors and our Kenyan managers. Through these platforms, our teachers keep us updated about the performance of their class. Many of them are effective advocates for their students, lobbying us directly for more solar lights.

We leave it to our teachers to decide how the solar lights are to be distributed in their school. Some choose to prioritise the students who are struggling the most in class, whilst others distribute them using a rota system. Mr Mwashipo from Mkuduru Primary school has said that – because education for girls is not considered as important as schooling for boys in the area – he intends to use the solar lights to encourage the girls at the school to achieve the best results that they can.

We also rely on our teachers to keep a good record of the of the solar lights that they have received and the conditions that those lights are in. Moreover, the teachers are responsible for collecting the solar lights in at the end of the year to pass on to next year’s cohort of students.

A quotation from Mr. Juma, a teacher at Kasidi Primary School.

KCPE Exams:

Primary school education in Kenya lasts for eight years. Therefore, students who are in their final year of primary school are in class 8. At the end of their time in class 8, pupils take an exam called the KCPE. This stands for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

To complete the KCPE, class 8 students study five different subjects. These are Maths, English, Kiswahili, Science, and Social Studies and Religious Education.

Each subject is worth a maximum of 100 marks. Therefore, the KCPE exam is worth a maximum of 500 marks in total. The average score in the country is 247, but the pupils at the schools that we support often achieve over 300. This places them in the top 25% of the country.

A student's exercise book.

Our solar lights help students to achieve higher marks in their KCPE exams, because they enable schoolchildren to study when there is no natural light available. Consequently, this leads to more students being offered places at secondary schools. This can transform the course of their lives and open up a wealth of new opportunities.

a chalkboard with a timetable of lessons written on it.

Building our Network:

Now that we have expanded into so many primary schools across Kenya’s Kwale and Kilifi districts, sometimes a teacher will reach out to Mwezi for support because they have heard about the positive impact that our solar lights are having in another school.

For example, Mr Ramadhan from Vwivwini Primary School requested that the Mwezi Foundation visit his school last year. He told us that he had made the request after he attended a meeting at Mamba Primary School (which is another school that we support). During the meeting, he had noticed one of Mamba’s Mwezi solar lights, and observed the impact that the lights had made on the academic performance of Mamba’s students. Julia visited Vwivwini on 12th November 2020 and donated some solar lights.

This is really exciting for us, because it means that awareness of the Mwezi Foundation is growing among schools in the region. This brings us closer to achieving our goal, which is to be donating solar lights to 50% of south-east Kenya’s schools by 2026.

A group of students from Mamba Primary School.
Students from Mamba Primary School
A group of students from Vwivwini Primary School.
Students from Vwivwini Primary School

One of Our Success Stories:

Noel Munga Bokoro with his Mwezi solar light.

Noel Munga Bokoro

Noel attended Kasidi Primary School for eight years before he graduated in 2020. He was the school’s top performer, achieving an incredible 422 out of 500 in his KCPE. This spectacular result earned him a place at Alliance High School, an esteemed senior school. Alliance is consistently ranked as one of Kenya’s top performing schools in the KCSE exams (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education).

Noel only scored 18 points fewer than the highest KCPE result in the country (440) – so he should be incredibly proud of his achievement!

After secondary school, Noel hopes to study Aerospace Engineering. We wish him all the best in achieving his aspirations!

You can learn more about Noel’s story here.