SCOEN with your generosity proposes a pilot initiative that brings solar lanterns to 10 rural schools in Uganda. This will allow students to use solar lanterns in school, borrow them to take home-much like you would borrow a book from a library-to facilitate evening studying for off-grid households intended to improve rural grade scores especially in a girl child. Rural schools identified that have little/no access to electricity and retrofits them to house 100 solar lamps per school.
Rural areas are the least connected to the electrical grid, yet their schools and students must compete for results with their more connected urban counterparts. For those lucky to be on-grid, the electricity is often unreliable and expensive, while few alternatives exist. Countries like Uganda have committed to improving educational access and outcomes for all children, but grid and other infrastructural constraints continue to pose the biggest handicap to rural schools.
Targeting schools in peri-urban, rural areas that have little/no access to electricity and retrofits them to house 100 solar lamps per school. SCOEN meets with the school, students and parents to introduce the project and gauge local community support. Students in selected schools will be able to use lamps on-campus and have the option to also take them home for evening study, to facilitate evening studying for off-grid households intended to improve rural grade scores especially in a girl child
Unlike kerosene lamps, solar lights do not create pollution or carbon emissions and don't harm wildlife or humans. They avoid hazards like fires and contact with black smoke, as well as providing a better source of lighting. The program will give the students' households direct access to lighting access, its innovative and life-enhancing clean energy. School also have the opportunity to benefit from training in entrepreneurship and how to leverage this project to generate better grades.