Pitch black learning

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, this can have several implications.

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 will 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 light which is infecting their lungs and eyes.

Schools also 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.

A solar light changes everything

Ms Michelo, teacher in Zambia

Things are changing in Nyakantingi

The passion for teaching is not new for Ms. Michelo. She has dreamt of becoming a teacher and to be able to motivate and help children living in poverty since she was about 10 years old and got the same motivation from her own teacher. Her school has now got a Light Library, and she can already see how things in the village are starting to change.

Wilson Makamo, teacher Malawi
"The performance does improve when students have a solar light. Those with solar can read when they are at home, so they can study more. The solars are very fantastic."
Wilson Makamo, teacher, Malawi

School Programmes

We are working together with teachers and schools to get clean, safe light for children to study by.

Light Libraries

For the poorest families, even the most affordable solar lights available remain out of reach. Like a book library, but for solar lights - students can borrow a solar light home in the evening.

School Campaigns

SolarAid’s core model, The SunnyMoney Way, begins by working with local schools and head teachers to build trust and demand for solar lights.

Ways to support