How Do Solar Lamps Affect Basic Education?

Years of talking to people on the ground and initial studies through our partner institution, Macalester College show positive results.  Solar lamps work well by providing extra illuminated time in which students can study when they would otherwise not have been able to.  Light is a precious resource when there is no electricity – burning of kerosene and candles costs relatively a lot of money for a poor rural family.  When using a solar lamp this light does not have to be rationed and hence justifying its use on education is much easier.

Why Focus on Basic Education?

Patrick & Nicaraguan girl study math

Education is the route to economic prosperity, the key to scientific and technological advancement, the means to combat unemployment, the foundation of social equity, and the spread of democracy.  While progress has been made in increasing the number of children enrolled in schools, there are still many more who are not enrolled and who do not complete schooling.  Every student in the world deserves the opportunity to have a quality education. They deserve strong schools that expect, challenge, and support them to do their best regardless of whether

Improving education is the best way to create equal opportunity for all. The failure to ensure that all young people learn what they need to succeed undermines equality and opportunity—fundamental values that we hold dear. Young people risk becoming less engaged, less prepared, and less capable of leading the our world into a brighter future.

Why Invest In Education?

All children around the world have the right to an education. Investing in education is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. Why? Because education gives people the skills they need to help themselves out of poverty and into prosperity.

Better health: With education, people are far better able to prevent disease and to use health services effectively. For example, young people who have completed primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those who have little or no schooling.

Higher wages and economic growth: In many poor countries, people with just one additional year of schooling earn 10% higher wages. These earnings in turn contribute to national economic growth. No country has ever achieved continuous and rapid growth without reaching an adult literacy rate of at least 40%.  Democracy and political stability: Education supports the growth of civil society, democracy, and political stability, allowing people to know their rights and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise them.