The Edo Government is to recruit 1,000 teachers for secondary schools in the state under the EdoSTAR fellowship as part of the reform in the post-basic education sector.
Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, the state Commissioner for Education, announced this on Friday in Benin while briefing newsmen on the launch of reform into secondary education in the state.
This recruitment, she said, would be in addition to the 3,000 teachers already engaged for the primary and junior secondary schools in the state.
According to her, the action is to address the existing shortage of teachers towards a provision of high quality education.
The commissioner said the reform was meant to prepare students to meet performance expectations in a constantly changing workplace so as to remain relevant.
Under the reform, she said, 60 per cent of the activities in the schools would be for teaching, learning and instructional time, 24 per cent for co-curricular activities while 16 per cent devoted for brain stimulating activities for students.
She also disclosed that model digital learning would be introduced across the state, commencing with 40 pilot schools in partnership with the UNICEF.
“The quality of education students receive in school has come under scrutiny recently in Edo State due to the high rate of malpractice and misconduct reported during major examination exercises in the state as well as lack of personnel to effectively deliver training across 307 schools dispersed across the state 18 local government areas.
“In order to build on the achievements already seen in the Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) Programme, the state government has been compelled to take decisive action under the EdoBEST 2.0 reform agenda in order to address concerns with secondary education,” she said.
Osa-Oviawe explained that school calendar had been designed in a way to ensure students learn for at least 400 450 class periods each term.
“The reform will implement a uniform timetable that guarantees lectures are delivered just about anywhere, reduces the possibility of instructors’ classes conflicting, and maximises the use of the limited teaching staff and resources.
“Implement a uniform scheme of work and scripted lessons to direct teachers in the universally dispensing lectures throughout the state and uphold a high standard of teaching and learning.
“Make it easier to set up in-class libraries in all the state’s classrooms with the goal of enticing students to use the libraries more and learn how to manage books,” said the commissioner.
On the deplorable state of schools in the state, Osa-Oviawe said the present government inherited large inventory of dilapidated schools, but seeking collaborative efforts to strengthening education funding, particularly in the area of infrastructural renewal.
Edo Government says it will rank schools in 20222023 academic session based on their outstanding performances.
Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, the state Commissioner for Education said in Benin on Thursday that the aim was to distinguish between schools that had met the aspirations of the government and those that had failed.
The commissioner said the local governments would also be ranked based on the performance of schools in their domain.
According to him, all schools, including private schools and Adult Education Centres, will not be left out.
Besides, Osa-Oviawe said School Management Board (SMB) would soon be established as part of the state government plans to strengthen school governance under the framework of EdoBEST 2.0. She said members of the board would help to support the operations of schools and bring the much needed external funds to the schools.
The commissioner, who disclosed that the board would become operational in September 2022, invited community service-driven individuals at home and in the diaspora to apply for the role.
“Edo State Ministry of Education is inviting community service-driven individuals at home and in the diaspora to consider sitting on the board of any public Senior Secondary School of their choice.
“Each SMB will consist of 11 members, including a representative of a school’s Association, a parent of a student in the school and the school principal, who will serve as Secretary to the board,” Osa-Oviawe said.
This World Rangers Day we are pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2022 African Conservation Awards.
An annual celebration to recognize the brave men and women of Africa who play a vital role in protecting our endangered species.
and in doing so, raise awareness of your amazing work.
Often facing physical danger, political opposition, and severe financial constraints, this selfless group of conservationists continues to work to save Africa's natural heritage.
The awards serve to motivate these dedicated men and women to continue fighting to ensure the survival of our wildlife and wild places for the benefit of this and future generations.
During a speech at the closing ceremony of the virtual Rhino Conservation Awards last year, Africa Game Rangers Association CEO Andrew Campbell announced a major and exciting change in the official name of the event.
Recently launched as the Africa Conservation Awards, it highlights the need to reflect broader conservation efforts across the continent in support of all species and landscapes, marine and terrestrial.
The Awards have received a new look and will once again be an in-person awards ceremony hosted by the African Rangers Association at the African Rangers Congress in Kasane, Botswana, taking place from 14- on September 18, 2022.
"The African Conservation Awards is a ranger-led initiative to recognize our colleagues and supporters who do tremendous work to protect nature across the continent.
Every year as a community of rangers, we are inspired by the amazing efforts from our fellow rangers as they work to protect things.
We all love."
- CEO of the Africa Rangers Association, Andrew Campbell, This will be the eleventh consecutive year for the Africa Conservation Awards.
Founded by Dr. Larry Hansen (Founder of the 'Carl Zeiss Tiger Conservation Award') and Ms. Xiaoyang Yu (Founding Partner of China New Enterprise Investment) in 2011 together with the African Ranger Association to recognize the major players involved in rhino conservation in response to the poaching attack facing African rhinos.
They have been well received by the African conservation fraternity, providing an important platform to uplift and celebrate these individuals and organizations on the ground.
The awards are once again possible thanks to the support of the CNEI sponsors, endorsed by the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment.
The Awards welcome members of the public, non-profit organizations, individuals within conservation organizations and government entities from across Africa to submit their nominations for these prestigious awards to recognize outstanding conservation work in their sector.
Nominations for the 2022 African Conservation Awards have officially opened in the following four categories: BEST FIELD RANGER BEST RANGER BEST CONSERVATION TEAM BEST CONSERVATION SUPPORT Nominate someone who deserves recognition for their indispensable role in the incredible conservation work that perform: https://bit.
ly/3SccJiB The submission of nominations will close on August 19, 2022.
Parents and guardians of children in schools under the EdoBEST education reform on Saturday applauded Gov. Godwin Obaseki for the transformation in the basic education sector of the state.
EdoBEST is a technology-based teaching and learning technique, launched in the state in 2018. At the Parents-Teachers conferences (PTC) held in 1,313 schools across the state to mark the end of the 202122 academic session, parents and guardians thronged out to discuss the progress of their children.
They commended the basic education sector reformation strategy of the governor while also expressing appreciation to teachers for being the bedrock of the reform.
Mrs. Sarah Oloyede, mother of an Early Childhood Care, Development and Education (ECCDE) 3 pupil at Asoro Primary School, noted that there was a marked improvement in her daughter’s performance.
“I have been following my daughter’s performance throughout this term.
I am really happy with the results.
I must really commend the class teacher for her patience.
“I also appreciate the method EdoBEST is using that encourages pupils to read from a tender age,” Mrs Oloyede said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that PTC was introduced in state-owned schools in Edo as part of basic education reform.
The conference provides an opportunity for parents to have face-to-face conversations with the teachers of their children as they work together for general improvement in pupils’ learning outcomes.
Mrs Joy Anyalewechi, whose daughter is a student at Oredo Girls’ Secondary School, lauded the teachers for a wonderful session.
She said, “I am impressed that despite missing weeks on medical grounds, my daughter has been able to pick up this term.
“I was initially worried about how her absence from school would impact her performance, but the teacher helped her make up for the losses.
” In her remarks, Mrs Mary Otohile, a primary five teacher of Asoro Primary School, also acknowledged that students’ performance in her class improved than in the previous sessions.
She, however, attributed this to the continuous use of digital learning resources, teacher professional development and standardised classroom techniques adopted because of EdoBEST.
She enjoined parents to be more involved in their children’s academic development.
“This past term, the children performed better than before and it is important that this is sustained in the coming session.
“I have asked parents to engage their children this holiday.
“We have a lot of learning resources and platforms like EdoBEST@Home that they can use in keeping them engaged.
“This will also allow parents to be more involved in their children’s studies and with this, we will see improvements in the coming term.
” “Since we were fully integrated into the EdoBEST programme, we have noticed an increase in the learning abilities of our students.
“They are more attentive in class while participating extensively in each lesson.
“I am excited to see this improvement across other terms and sessions,” she said.
EdoBEST has increased exam. enrolment figure – Commissioner
EdoBEST has increased exam. enrolment figure – Commissioner
By Usman Aliyu
Benin, June 20, The Edo Government says the introduction of its Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) policy has increased the enrolment figure in common six examination in the state.
The Commissioner for Education in the state, Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, made the assertion on Monday in Benin, while assessing the conduct of the 2022 common six certificate examination in the state.
Osa-Oviawe disclosed that no fewer than 90,000 pupils sat for the 2022 examination in the 445 centres across the state.
She said the candidates were from public and private primary schools and added that government planned to improve on the conduct of the examination in 2023.
The commissioner listed part of the planned improvement to include quick release of the primary six certificates.
“The ministry plans to improve on the conduct of the examination next year. Also, our goal is that by August, 2022, primary six certificates will be out,” said the commissioner.
She also said government had a plan to help parents know the cognitive ability of their children through a very robust analysis of their results.
The commissioner said she was satisfied with the conduct of the 2022 exercise, applauding the efforts of the examinations department in the ministry for making it a success.
“We monitored the various centres across Edo South Senatorial District and the examination started on time.
“This became necessary to ensure that they finished the exercise on time and went home on time,” she said.
Osa-Oviawe also commended parents of the pubils for obeying the rules guiding the examination, noting that examination was all about improvement.
By Millicent IfeanyichukwuLagos, June 17, 2022 (NAN) NewGlobe Nigeria, an education expert, and leader in learning, says there is a need for those aspiring for leadership positions in the 2023 General Elections too, as a priority, have achievable plans to tackle learning poverty.According to it, learning poverty, defined by the World Bank as the share of children who cannot read a simple story by age 10, is an urgent challenge in the present generation.Mrs. Omowale David-Ashiru, Group Managing Director of NewGlobe Nigeria, made the remark at a news conference on Thursday organized to showcase a Nobel Prize-Winning Prof. Michael Kremer’s glowing report on education methodology.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Study by the Nobel Prize laureate finds and confirms that NewGlobe’s holistic methodology delivers among the largest ever measured in Africa, including Nigeria.The findings were announced in a speech by Kremer to African Heads of State and Education Ministers, including UBEC and SUBEB leaders, at the Education World Forum, an annual event hosted in London by UK Government.The event which was attended by no fewer than 100 countries had its theme for the 2022 edition: “Education building forward together, stronger, bolder, better”.“As we approach the election season in Nigeria, those aspiring leadership positions should know that innovative education solutions that are proven to be effective at scale will define the key areas.“These are prosperity, growth, and security of our global future, which is most important for them to make it part of their plans and policies when they assume office.“The groundbreaking study led by the Prize-Winning economist suggests that children living in underserved African communities can receive 53 percent more learning in schools supported by Nigeria Government partnered by NewGlobe through the early childhood and primary schooling, through Grade 8.“We are delighted that an independent study of this size has found such unequivocal evidence of the unrivaled learning gains NewGlobe’s holistic approach to teaching and learning delivery,” she said.David-Ashiru noted that the data-driven scientific learning techniques that characterised the methodology were the blueprint for those used in all schools NewGlobe support in the states of Edo, Lagos and Kwara.According to her, it shows that it is possible to deliver radical and immediate change for the generation of children and that poverty isn’t destined for individuals or nations.Students that started with the lowest learning levels gained the most, with girls making the same leap in learning as boys.“It contrasts with research which shows girls in Sub-Saharan Africa are consistently disadvantaged in learning.“The results are a resounding affirmation of NewGlobe’s integrated learning system across Africa, including Nigeria, and South Asia supporting more than a million children in schools and increasing every year.“This study shows that attending schools delivering highly standardized education has the potential to produce dramatic learning gains at scale.“This suggests that policymakers may wish to explore the incorporation of standardization, including standardized lesson plans and teacher feedback and monitoring, in their own systems,” David-Ashiru added.“NewGlobe is positioned to support the government to achieve improved learning in the national education system and employ new techniques and methodologies proven to yield better results for their children.“Already the program is being used in Nigeria – Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST), Lagos State – Excellence in Child Education and Learning (EKOEXCEL), and Learning Education Achievement and Reform Now (KwaraLEARN).“EdoBEST, which started April 2018, is covering public primary and junior secondary including progressive schools in riverine areas, EKOEXCEL kicked off in January 2020, capturing all public primary schools, and KwaraLEARN flagged off in November 2021 plans to cover 16 LGA’s of the state.“For early childhood students, two years of teaching using NewGlobe’s methods put them a year-and-a-half of additional learning ahead of students in other schools with learning levels increased by a remarkable 1.35 standard deviations.“In NewGlobe-supported schools, 82 percent of Grade 1 students, typically six to seven-year-olds, can read a sentence, compared with 27 percent of those in other schools.”She said that the results were by far, the most authoritative on the use of the model pioneered by NewGlobe.It included individual and ongoing training and coaching for teachers on the use of a digital learning platform with real-time data analysis; teaching guides grounded in scientifically-based pedagogy; and a 360 support system.NAN also reports that NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, and deliver improvements in learning outcomes with a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services.The World Bank calls on the global community to cut by at least half the global rate of Learning Poverty, which is defined as the percentage of 10-year-old children who cannot read and understand a simple story, by 2030.(NAN)
Some parents in majority of the states in the South-South geo-political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion.
Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils, especially in the rural areas, still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on.
They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools.
A parent in Eket, Akwa Ibom, Mr Assam Abia, said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities, including desks.
“Some schools don’t have desks, chairs and teaching facilities. It is a very sad situation but in urban centres, some of the facilities have been upgraded, rehabilitated and taken care of.
“At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter, the situation is pathetic. Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed.
“Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom, it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively.
“There are no desks and chairs; some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor,” Abia said.
He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools, especially those in the rural areas.
Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools.
Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state.
“Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning.
“A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers.
“We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board, no desks for pupils. That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century.
“There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom; no training for teachers, no refresher courses to update their knowledge,” Etim said.
Mr Patrick Titus, an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School, Okop Nduaerong, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, however, said that government had tried, but a lot still needed to be done.
Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools.
“Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice.
“If you go to public schools you still find buildings, but no desks for pupils to sit.
“I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School, Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo. Recently, we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary.
“In the computer laboratory they have, there is no single computer in it, yet the school is preparing students for computer-based testser, ” Titus lamented.
However, the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools.
Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin, Edo who pleaded anonymity, told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov. Adams Oshiomole’s administration, without providing furniture.
She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit.
“I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates. In some cases, two to three students share a chair in a class.
“This is not conducive for learning. Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching,” the teacher said.
Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative, a Benin-based Non Government Organisation (NGO), described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore.
Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning.
He, however, commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state, tagged “EdoBEST.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, says some people are only being “mischievous” about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state.
“When we talk of infrastructure, some people want to be mischievous.
“We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday.
“It is decades long. We are now at a point where Gov. Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it.
“Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election, you don’t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done.
“People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say ‘oh, you are doing something.’
“But for us, we have started. We have made progress, but we still have a long way to go. And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture.
“What was done before this administration, we are having to go back to fix them. So, a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now,” the commissioner said.
In the same vein, the Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (Edo SUBEB), Mrs Ozavize Salami, said government would soon launch a five-year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation.
Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project.
“Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now.
“Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months,” she said.
In Cross River, Mr Castro Ezama, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome.
The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government, overtime, had not really looked into them.
He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area, where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts.
“One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them.
“So all over the state, we have abandoned projects in our schools, including the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects.
“This is sad because we have an upsurge of population, making renovation and expansion imperative.
“We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure. This is why my office engages communities, including the traditional institutions, the executives of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and youth leaders in the matter.
“Before putting up new infrastructure, it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves,” he emphasised.
Also, the Chairman, National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria, (NAPTAN), Cross River chapter, Prof. Boniface Ode, said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions.
According to Odey, there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them, especially those in the rural setting, lacked roads to access them.
He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated, dilapidated and even lacked perimeter, fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA.
“One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially, computer.
“Today, the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination which is computer-based.
“How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer?
“We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices.
“Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years, they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay, he lamented.
Another parent in Asaba, Delta, Mr Okechukwu James, equally said that public schools lacked maintenance.
“Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools.
“A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them,” he said.
The Edo State Children’s Parliament, most of whose members are EdoBEST pupils, on Thursday advocated a greater protection for the rights of children as the nation celebrates 2022 Children’s Day.
Nitta Beatrice Agbonze, Deputy Speaker of the parliament, made the call in Benin when she led other parliamentarians on a courtesy call to the State Universal Basic Education Board.
They made the visit alongside a delegation from the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues, to present their concerns on behalf of children across the state.
“This 2022 theme, “Strengthening Supporting Systems for the Protection of the Nigerian Child: A Wake Up Call”, is coming at a crucial time when children need all the help they can get.
“We appreciate the effort the Governor of Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki is making to totally eliminate incidents of children hawking and other forms of abuse in our dear state,” Agbonze said.
Other members who spoke called on the state government to provide further opportunities for the parliamentarians to contribute to societal development.
Mr Ayodeji Arogundade, who responded on behalf of the Edo SUBEB chairman, expressed the commitment of the board to championing the cause of Edo children.
“It is a welcome development that the Children’s Parliament exists as a platform for children to express themselves and participate in decision-making.
“With education as a tool for global change, Edo SUBEB is happy to welcome all opportunities for collaboration with the Children’s Parliament in a bid to advance the transformation programme of Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki,” Arogundade said.
Similarly, Mrs Joy Ebhodaghe, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues in the state, said that the ministry catered for all vulnerable people.
She said the ministry was ready to work with the children’s parliament to protect the welfare of the Edo child.
“I charge you to come up with ideas to speak for and defend children in the state.
“The ministry has made preparations to make sure children are protected,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that EdoBEST, an education reform programme of the government, is committed to advancing the cause of the Edo child by providing opportunities for development.
The non-exclusive model allows the launch of new games before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. License extension granted to EA SPORTS for the football simulation category only, allowing for the release of FIFA 23 later this year. FIFA (www.FIFA.com) is also engaging with publishers, studios and investors in the development of a major new soccer simulation title for 2024.
For the first time, FIFA will launch new soccer video games developed with third-party studios and publishers, providing more choice for soccer and gaming fans in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and FIFA Women's World Cup. FIFA Australia and New Zealand 2023™.
Several new non-simulation games are already in production and will be released during the third quarter of this year. The first is a personalized gaming experience featuring the world's biggest event, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, bringing new interactive experiences to fans around the world.
Following this initial presentation, FIFA will launch more games and virtual experiences around this year's FIFA World Cup. Additional projects are also being discussed with publishers ahead of next year's FIFA Women's World Cup™.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: "I can assure you that the only real, authentic game bearing the FIFA name will be the best available to players and football fans alike. The FIFA name is the only original global title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26 and so on - the constant is the name of FIFA and it will remain forever and remain THE BEST."
“The interactive gaming and esports industry is on a path of unparalleled growth and diversification. FIFA's strategy is to ensure that we can take full advantage of all future options and ensure a wide range of products and opportunities for players, fans, member associations and partners."
Alongside the new games, FIFA has given a new short-term extension to existing publisher EA SPORTS to launch a new FIFA 23 title later this year, which will feature both the men's and women's FIFA World Cup competitions. in a single edition for the first time.
The recently confirmed extension with EA SPORTS is a new deal that grants rights to the football simulation category only, freeing up broader gaming rights for FIFA and different game publishers to release new games and more immersive experiences for fans and football stakeholders.
This new non-exclusive licensing model is the continuation of an extensive period of discussions between the parties regarding the future vision of FIFA games. As announced in October 2021 (https://fifa.fans/3N8Cc9h), FIFA intends to work with a variety of partners rather than lock all gaming and esports rights exclusively with one long-term publisher. .
In addition to launching a portfolio of new games throughout 2022 and 2023, FIFA is currently collaborating with leading game publishers, media companies and investors regarding the development of a major new FIFA simulation football game title for 2024. .
FIFA's new gaming model has been developed in parallel with FIFA+, the recently launched direct-to-consumer media platform.
Africa's rapid economic expansion creates a daunting energy challenge, combined with rising expectations for increased resilience and sustainability. Finding a sustainable way to meet the growing energy needs is one of the continent's main development challenges. Africa is rich in renewable energy sources, including hydroelectric, solar, wind and others, and the time is right for sound planning to ensure the right energy mix. Decisions made today will shape the continent's energy sector for decades to come. Endowed with significant renewable energy resources, Africa can adopt innovative and sustainable technologies and play a leading role in global action to shape a sustainable energy future.
In the last two decades, Africa has been experiencing rapid economic growth and improving social conditions. Unreliable supply is a concern holding back economic development, as most countries face frequent blackouts and often rely on expensive and polluting solutions. Clean, indigenous and affordable renewable energy solutions offer the continent the opportunity to achieve its economic, social, environmental and climate goals.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 'Scaling Up Renewable Energy Deployment In Africa' report, Africa could meet nearly a quarter of its energy needs with clean, indigenous renewables by 2030. Modern renewables amounting to 310 GW could provide half of the continent's total electricity generating capacity. This corresponds to a sevenfold increase in the currently available capacity, which amounted to 42 GW. A transformation of this scale in Africa's energy sector would require an average annual investment of US$70 billion through 2030, resulting in carbon dioxide emission reductions of up to 310 megatonnes per year.
West African growth supported by the World Bank
In West Africa, the new Regional Electricity Access and Battery Energy Storage Technologies (BEST) Project, supported by $465 million from the World Bank Group, will increase grid connections in fragile areas of the Sahel, build capacity of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), and strengthen the operation of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) network with infrastructure of battery energy storage technologies. This is a pioneering move that ushers in increased renewable energy generation, transmission, and investment across the region.
“West Africa is on the cusp of a regional energy market that promises significant development benefits and potential for private sector engagement,” says Charles Cormier, World Bank Energy Global Practice Manager. "Bringing electricity to more homes and businesses, improving reliability and harnessing the region's significant renewable energy resources, day or night, will help accelerate West Africa's economic and social transformation."
Over the past decade, the World Bank has financed nearly $2.3 billion in infrastructure investments and reforms in support of WAPP, seen as the key to achieving universal access to electricity by 2030 in the 15 ECOWAS countries. This new project builds on progress and will finance civil works to speed up access in Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
In Mauritania, rural electrification will be expanded by densifying the network of existing substations, allowing the electrification of Boghe, Kaedi and Selibaby, and neighboring villages along the southern border with Senegal. Communities in the Niger River and East Central regions living near the Niger-Nigeria interconnector will also gain access to the grid, as will communities around substations in the Casamance area of Senegal. Connection charges will be partially subsidized, which will help keep costs down for the estimated million people who are expected to benefit.
In Côte d'Ivoire, Niger and eventually Mali, the project will finance BEST equipment to improve the stability of the regional electricity grid by increasing the energy reserve in these countries and facilitating the integration of variable renewable energies. Battery energy storage technologies will enable WAPP operators to store renewable energy generated during off-peak hours and deliver it during peak demand, rather than relying on more carbon-intensive generation technology when demand is high, the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow. BEST is expected to further stimulate private sector participation in the region by supporting the renewable energy market, as the battery energy storage capacity installed under this project will be able to accommodate the 793 MW of new solar power capacity. that WAPP plans to generate. develop in all three countries.
“These ambitious results will be achieved through a regional approach,” adds Deborah Wetzel, the World Bank's regional integration director for sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. “By working together, these countries can optimize investments and economies of scale, harmonize equipment and standards, and synchronize systems to bring the transformative power of electricity to more people and usher in a new era of electricity trading. low-carbon energy.
Energy for Ethiopia
Last year, the World Bank approved a $500 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) to support Ethiopia's goal of achieving universal access to electricity by 2025. Over the past decade, the Government of Ethiopia has achieved encouraging progress in its electrification program and has expanded the power grid. coverage to almost 60% of cities and towns. Despite this progress, Ethiopia has the third largest energy access deficit in sub-Saharan Africa with more than half of the population still without access to reliable electricity, especially in deep rural areas that rely on biomass and kerosene. The electricity deficit in Ethiopia continues to exacerbate poverty, preventing too many people from meeting their basic socio-economic needs and limiting access to opportunity.
The Access to Distributed Electricity and Lighting Project in Ethiopia (ADELE) is an important component of Ethiopia's National Electrification Program (NEP), which aims to strategically shift the direction from infrastructure development to the delivery of adequate, reliable electricity services. and affordable. “With the goal of providing electricity services to nearly 5 million people, 11,500 businesses, and 1,400 health and education facilities, the project represents the World Bank’s continued support for the Government of Ethiopia’s NEP and is in line with our commitment to Support Ethiopia's resilient recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is also an important step in improving service delivery and addressing the causes of fragility and conflict,” explains Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia.
An important feature of ADELE will be the deployment of innovative solutions, such as decentralized renewable energy technologies, in particular solar photovoltaic (PV) mini-grids and individual solar systems for domestic and productive use, deployed through a combined approach of public and private delivery modalities. private. that further enhance affordability and inclusion. The project also has a strong focus on closing the gender gap in the energy sector and increasing the percentage of women participating in the mini-grid sector and the off-grid technology value chain.
Supporting a renewable future for Africa
Renewable energies offer Africa the opportunity to take a leap towards a sustainable and prosperous future. Increasing access to reliable, affordable and clean energy resources is a key priority, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Around 600 million people in Africa still do not have access to energy, representing 48 percent of the continent's population of nearly 1.2 billion. The accelerated deployment of renewable energy creates jobs and brings health benefits. The renewable energy sector today employs 10.3 million people worldwide. With forward-looking industrial policies and targeted skills development, millions of new jobs can be created in Africa. Doubling the share of renewables by 2030 would create additional economic value by increasing global gross domestic product by up to 1.1 percent. This would mean a 3.7% improvement in global welfare and employment for more than 24 million people in the renewable energy sector. This would allow more economic benefits, such as better health care services, especially in more remote areas.
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