Solarizing Education & Learning Facilities
In 2015, the Filipino Department of Education found that approximately 5,000 primary and secondary schools across the nation had no access to electricity, impacting approximately 35,000 teachers and 1.1 million students. This means that students are often required to do their homework in the dark, with only the dim lights of candles or kerosene lamps to work with. Teachers find it hard to prepare their lesson plans, and check their students’ work. Work and learning pause with the setting of the sun.
Solarizing Education & Learning Facilities (SELF) is the entry level initiative from FREED. The program provides solar-powered technologies to learning-related institutions (classrooms, dormitories, libraries, and faculty rooms) in order to maximize the teaching and learning opportunities in rural, off-grid communities. Specifically, this program aims to provide lighting to school-related facilities, provide charging capacity to low-powered gadgets needed by teachers to communicate and operate while in the community, facilitate longer productive hours for the teachers to be able to properly plan and prepare learning modules, and increase learning time for learners in school and/or in the community.