Barefoot College, an organization that mainly works in India, opened 250 night schools for children in 6 states of India. The schools are lit by solar-powered lanterns and maintained by a committee formed from the locals. The lanterns are maintained by Barefoot College engineers that are also locals who are trained in the area by Barefoot College. These five year schools provide education in basic animal husbandry, reading and math. The children are given books and supplies that they can take and work on during the day while helping with the chores.
This project is working successfully in 250 locations which is a sign of it's adaptability to different regions. This is mainly because of the resource that it has chosen: solar energy. I am, too, trying to incorporate solar energy technologies in my project because it's abundant and renewable. The Night Schools make use of the time after sundown in areas with limited electricity. While the chores are done during the day under the sunlight, the education takes place at night. My project brings the light home to share with the family and also makes use of the time after sundown. While my project is giving the families a reason to keep their kids at school during the day, the Night Schools find a valid solution to that by placing class time at night. A negative aspect of this solution might be that the children would be tired from the daily chores when they are at school.
Solar Electric Light Fund placed solar panels at a high school in South Africa. The panels are efficient enough to power educational tools such as VCRs, televisions, overhead projectors, etc. The organization states that the use of these techniques made the education independent of expensive textbooks and hours of chalkboard copying. The education at the school became more interactive as the graduation rate went from 55 to 69 per cent.
This project appears as a part of my project. The ability to share and duplicate supplies and resources make better education more affordable and available while not leaving the children with techniques of past decades.