Rural families have to use their energy sparingly in sub-Saharan Africa. It is expensive and there is the need to prioritise. For a child’s education, it is a double edged sword.
The first scenario is a family which does not have enough kerosene, or candle, for their children to study. Therefore, the children do not get to do their homework and will struggle at school.
The second option is a family which is able to spare a bit of light for their children at night. The children can study but, if using a kerosene lamp or a candle, under poor quality light which is infecting their lungs and eyes.
Furthermore, schools need light. Without light, teachers struggle to work and live happily after dark, students cannot come for after-school examination classes and, in some cases, food aid cannot be prepared throughout the night so the students can have a meal when they get to school.
With a solar light, children can study safely and schools can impact the lives of these children well after dark.
SolarAid has worked in thousands of schools and is determined for no school to be left in the dark by 2030.
A solar light improves education.