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commissioning and use of customer
billing/payment systems; computer-aided design; assembly and repair of electronics; and development of computer
software and apps. Hands-on workstudy programs developed by Igniting
Africa, in Cameroon (Figure 1), and
Shaybis Nigeria Ltd. enable students to
receive training and certification in
practical job skills and start their own
businesses. Igniting Africa is one of the
programs launched by the ISV to provide community electrification through
minigrids serving 22,500 people. The
program also provides numerous vocational training programs designed to
demonstrate the scalability of technical
and business education. A train-thetrainer methodology is combined with
hands-on courses for youth who return
Figure 1. Future community entrepreneurs and minigrid technicians
to their home villages with seed fundparticipate in a clasroom discussion at a training program conducted
ing to start their own businesses cenby Igniting Africa, which is a beneficiary of ISV financial support
and training.
tered on minigrids and productive uses
of energy.
The
technical
education delivered to communities is
◆ tourism: homestays, managerial teambuilding, and
developed by local subject-matter experts and tailored to
training of environmental stewards.
the area's environment, culture, and language. This
However, the majority of members in a newly electrified
approach is championed in Cameroon and India by
community frequently lack not only technical knowledge
Renewable Energy Innovators and Seva Bharati, a nonand business skills but also education fundamentals,
governmental organization that is developing a wide
including basic literacy and numeracy. To address this need,
range of locally recorded and curated education content
the ISV is developing an extensive set of online and classroom-based curricula and education programs covering
technical skills, vocational training, and K-12 education.
Technical training provided by ISV community entrepreneurs covers a broad range of topics, including the
installation, operation, and maintenance of minigrids; siting and sizing of wind turbines, hydro turbines, and solar
arrays; battery system configuration and maintenance;

Figure 2. A local subject-matter expert records an

online class that will be delivered via a local network.

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Figure 3. A local network is installed in the Sabongari

community by Renewable Energy Innovators in
Cameroon.



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