Igniting young minds: Facilitating education through lighting
light of the lamp
Following the success of the two KGBVs, the same model was followed in Koraput where in partnership with UNEP, and local implementation support from the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), charging stations were set up in three schools. Thereafter, another project was initiated involving the setting up of solar charging stations at twenty tribal schools and hostels in the district, in partnership with ITDA and UNICEF.
which the students operate
Installation of solar charging stations in these twenty three schools has received enthusiastic response from students and staff alike. The initiative has also paved the way for overall development of the students at the school, which they consider to be their second home. Today, the students have benefitted from at least two more hours of study daily during the evenings. Apart from the health benefits, another advantage has been the advent of environmental awareness among the students, as well as opening up of newer avenues of interest related to technology and environment.
There are several such residential schools across the country, run by the central and state governments that have not been able to meet their prime objective because of unavailability of proper lighting. TERI aims at extending LaBL to all such schools where education suffers for want of light.
To address the challenge of reliable and quality lighting for facilitating education in the remote and inaccessible areas.
- Installation of solar charging stations in twenty three schools.
- Enabling students to study longer.
- Environmental awareness and health benefits for students.
- Highlighted the fact that rural areas represent a significant market for renewable energy products.
- New avenues of interest related to technology and environment amongst students.
- Aligning the mandates of varied (governmental and non-governmental) agencies, in furthering the cause of universal education.
- Contributing to the second Millennium development Goal of âAchieving Universal Primary Educationâ.