As per the SDG knowledge forum of the United Nations, a sizeable population of the world still lives in darkness. As of 2019, around 800 million people in the world did not have access to electricity. Lack of electricity acts as a stumbling block in the day today lives of people in many ways. Minimal or zero access to electricity stifles the average productivity of a normal person. Children cannot study for longer hours, health care centres cannot function properly, and people cannot move freely in the dark, especially women. If we talk about schools, the students cannot access modern educational tools hence broadening the digital divide. In India as per the parliamentary standing committee report on HRD (March 2020), 44% of govt. schools don’t have access to electricity which also means no access to computer education or the internet. In a rapidly changing world, access to modern educational tools is a pre-requisite for expanding the frontiers of knowledge and hastening socio-economic development.
The Lighting Lives programme focusses on last mile electrification of schools with less than 3 hours of electricity through solar energy and transforming the delivery of education by establishing digital labs and working with students to shape up their minds for a cleaner and greener future. The aim is to ensure rural children have access to a modern, technology aided learning experience.
The main objective of the programme is to transform education through energy access and sensitize the youth towards the importance of using renewables.