Rural schools in PH to get solar libraries from European NGO

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Photo shows (from left) Stiftung Solarenergie Foundation (StS) treasurer Joselito Sibayan, StS chairperson Jim Ayala, DepEd secretary Armin Luistro, StS vice-chairperson Vicente Perez Jr., and DepEd undersecretary for External Linkages Mario Deriquito Photo shows (from left) Stiftung Solarenergie Foundation (StS) treasurer Joselito Sibayan, StS chairperson Jim Ayala, DepEd secretary Armin Luistro, StS vice-chairperson Vicente Perez Jr., and DepEd undersecretary for External Linkages Mario Deriquito[/caption] Through the program, students and teachers will have solar reading lights and a solar charging station in areas where access to electricity remains a challenge. About ten schools from four provinces ? Rizal, Panay, SocSarGen, and Palawan ? are expected to initially benefit from the StS L4EP project. The schools will receive a solar library consisting of 20 to 500 solar reading lights, depending on the number of student beneficiaries, and/or teacher?s solar charging station. ?Light for Education is helping with education in un-electrified schools. We have two targets in terms of needs. The first are the people at home ? those students who cannot study when they get home. Our solution is what we call a solar library? [in which] we essentially donate solar reading lights,? said Jim Ayala, chairperson of Foundation for Rural Electrification for Economic Development. He added that students can take home the solar reading light once a week so they can study at home. Ayala said, ?We have done some surveys already. The impact [of the solar library] is that the children are much more motivated to study, and they study 45-percent longer. The children also don?t fight anymore [for light].? StS said its mission is to fight poverty and empower rural off-grid villages by providing sustainable access to solar energy in partnership with local communities. ]]>

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