Light for Girls’ Education with the Bright School Project:
We have built Solar Energy Infrastructures for Rural Communities in support of girls’ education in the villages of Kamsi and Djomga located in Center West and Sahel Region, respectively.
Too many children live in the rural Sahelian region, and too few girls are in secondary school or, even if in school they do not have light for studying. The lack of water in rural areas is surprisingly tied in Burkina Faso to girls unable to attend school since they must spend all the time with their mothers to fetch water for household needs. The most vulnerable groups are the girls between 6 and 13 years old.
Since 2007, Community Building Group (CBG) has run our Give Water Give Life program. Working together with all stakeholders and volunteers to build rainwater catchment basins in two villages in Burkina Faso, CBG has forged partnerships with underserved rural desert peoples in the Sahel. The immediate results are the removal of the burden of fetching water on girls and women since the two villages now have water year-round. By securing water, girls now have time to go to school. The girls are studying hard and learning quickly. The only light available is natural daylight from six in the morning until six in the evening. The villages have no access to any sources of energy for light. Imagine what a vital feature for empowering the girls’ education solar-powered light fixtures would be.
The Girls’ Solar Light initiative is an addition to the rainwater water catchment basins (RWCB). CBG successfully builds more village-RWCBasins, improve water availability and accessibility in the rural area.
Education has always been apprehended as an important socio-economic driver particularly when tackling the development challenges in the context of climate change which is causing severe droughts and lessening people’s ability to adapt and to sustain sustainable life. Working towards ending poverty and enabling local people for development opportunities may come from educating adolescent girls and improving their learning services will lead to greater prosperity not just for individual families but also for entire economies. This gives us the impetus for carrying out a girl’s bright school solar light project in the Sahel region.
Community Shared Solar Light: CBG has also introduced the concept of community sharing LED light which consisted of the installation of an off-grid solar kit system for selected households who in turn accepted to open their door for students to come and study at night time.