LED Africa is a non-profit charitable organization started in 2009 whose goal is to support education in Africa by providing solar powered lighting systems to rural schools and by promoting science education.

The initial Solar Lighting project ran from 2009 to 2018 and involved providing solar powered lighting systems to 21 rural secondary schools in Malawi. These lighting systems allowed the students at the schools to study in the evening. Donations allowed LED Africa to install and maintain these lighting systems over the 10 years.

In 2013 LED Africa started its Science For All project which initially provided our partner secondary schools with math and science textbooks, as well as basic science demonstration equipment. In 2018, LED Africa as part of this project produced a science demonstration manual for teachers which was distributed to schools around the country and concurrently ran a series of workshops for science teachers.

In 2019 LED Africa began to promote science directly to the students by running a series of bottle rocket competitions at schools in Malawi. This was highly successful and will be the major focus of the charity for the foreseeable future.

The president, Ray Penner, is a member of the science faculty at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Ray has lived and taught at both secondary schools and universities in Africa. His experience has shown him the great potential that Africa has and that the key to unlocking this potential is education.


For more information please contact:

Ray Penner, President
LED Africa
Email: raymond.penner@viu.ca
Tel: (250) 753-3245 ext. 2336