Scaling up clean cooking in East African schools

Thursday July 04 2024

Inside Muthangari Primary School Dishi na County feeding programme kitchen. PHOTO | BONFACE BOGITA | NMG

Kenya's education sector alone consumes over 10 million trees annually for cooking, with 90% of East African schools relying on firewood, and devastating forests.

Clean cooking technologies offer a solution, reducing deforestation, aligning with climate goals, and saving money for schools. Several initiatives by NGOs, private sectors, and government agencies support this shift.

Success hinges on persuading school heads and stakeholders to adopt these technologies, and influencing budget holders and policymakers.

The value proposition lies in environmental conservation and cost savings. Interested schools should connect with these initiatives, secure funding, and train staff for implementation.

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