For many students and teachers across sub-Saharan Africa, energy poverty is a challenge faced at school and home.
Lack of access to energy at schools reduces classroom resources available to teachers impacting the quality of education students can receive. Without light, students are unable to come in for after-school examinations and teachers are forced to use alternative light sources when marking in the dark.
At home, the challenges persist. Rural families have to use their energy sparingly. It is expensive and limited.
Many families do not have enough kerosene, or candles, for their children to study. Therefore, the children do not get to do their homework and struggle at school.
Other families are able to spare a bit of light for their children at night. The children can study but often under poor quality and dangerous light which is infecting their lungs and eyes and causing accidents.
With a solar light, children can study safely and schools can impact the lives of these children well after dark.
A solar light improves education.