Solar energy and GPS bringing education to Nigeria’s nomad children

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Nomadic children in Nigeria. File Photo: Rosie Collyer/IRIN

There is much the world can learn from nomadic cultures, according to a man who is using solar energy, GPS technology and virtual reality to bring education to children in Fulani communities in northwest Nigeria.

Usman Muhammad Mareri is calling for more support for nomads and pastoralists who he believes have been "abandoned and neglected" by the international community.

Mr Mareri is the founder and executive director of Centre for Renewable Energy which provides solar-powered tent classrooms for children who spend their days on the move herding cattle with their parents.

He spoke to Dianne Penn on the margins of a recent UN General Assembly meeting to push for more inclusive and equitable education.

Duration: 5'41″

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