A simple solution to the complex problem of homework in developing nations

Hellen, a year-six student completes her homework in dim lighting.

Completing homework is incredibly problematic in Uganda.

After school, children use the remaining daylight hours to fetch water, help their parents digging or harvesting crops in the field, prepare dinner or look after their brothers and sister – there’s no time for homework.

If a student is lucky, they are able to complete their homework using a candle or kerosene lamp, however some of our students have received terrible burns when their lamp has tipped over, and there are also concerns over the toxicity of kerosene.  

Recently, we were provided with 30 solar lamps by a not-for-profit organization called SolarBuddy, where students of Gib Gate Primary School in Australia constructed the lights as part of their science studies to be sent to our school in Uganda. This will allow our most senior students living in mud huts without access to electricity, to complete their homework in safety for the first time.

The SolarBuddy program has committed to providing another 1500 lights to our students over the next six months, and we are incredibly grateful to be included in this game changing initiative.

Providing solar-powered lights to students is a great example of how School for Life is constantly developing our sustainable model of education.