Learning How LED Solar-powered Lamps Can Help Students in Developing Countries

Speaker: LEDsafari

LEDsafari teaches how to build LED solar-powered lamps to students in developing countries, where many children still study by toxic-fume-emitting kerosene lamps after sundown. Its education program combines energy and electricity theories with practical skills in the green technology context, and aims to build the potential for social innovation in young learners. LEDsafari’s action also consists in training local entrepreneurs to sell, repair, and customize solar-powered lamps in areas without proper access to electricity.

A LEDsafari workshop in Muhanga, Rwanda, August 2014. Courtesy of LEDsafari.

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About This Speaker

Key Info about the Speaker

Name: LEDsafari
Type: Social startup
Founded in: 2014
Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
Operates in: Switzerland; India; Nepal; Morocco; Kenya; Tanzania

Watch This Video

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). "LEDsafari Workshop at Swiss Embassy in New Delhi." YouTube video. Posted by LEDsafari, july 2016.

Who Will Be Your Interlocutor?

Name: Govinda UPADHYAY
Title: Founder and CEO of LEDsafari
More: M.S., Sustainable Energy Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012; 2015 EIT CHANGE Award winner from the European Institute of Innovation & Technology; Researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, 2012–2015.


Learning Goals of the Videoconference

  • Explain how poverty is responsible for energy access issue in developing countries through the example of the use of kerosene lamps by students.
  • Explain how poverty may be responsible for health-impacting habits through the example of indoor air pollution.
  • Explain how human activities can impact environmental sustainability through the example of fossil-fuel combustion, which is responsible for CO2 air pollution.
  • Examine strategies to replace the use of non-renewable resources by sustainable, green-technology solutions.
  • Apply simplified solar technology theories by assembling one’s own solar-powered lamp.
  • Identify skills and strategies required to create effective change for a public health and environmental issue through social-tech innovation.

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