Access to education for all children in Mali (PACETEM)




Vincent Reynaud-Lacroze


In West Africa, 9 out of 10 schools do not have electricity, i.e. about 200,000 schools, which has a major impact on learning conditions. Indeed, classes can only take place in broad daylight (when it sometimes gets dark early) and without any ventilation system, even in hot weather. In addition, books in these schools are scarce and other teaching materials are often of poor quality or non-existent. Without electricity, digital learning materials, which would be a practical and cheap alternative, cannot be used. Our solution: use solar energy to electrify schools to improve the learning environment and the quality of education in schools.

The aim of the project

To improve access to quality education through better learning conditions and, more specifically, through the solar electrification of schools. Each school is equipped with an autonomous solar kit, an internal electrical network, a fixed computer, 9 LED lamps, 3 neon lights and a fan per school. 8 portable solar lamps are distributed to the pupils so that they can do their homework at night. Local craftsmen are also trained to maintain the electrical installations in each school. Main activities :

  • Equipping schools with solar panels;
  • Install electricity and provide fans;
  • Equip each school with sockets and a computer with educational software;
  • Equip all schools with portable rechargeable lamps that children can take home to study;
  • Set up literacy sessions for women.

Operational partner(s)

In the Dark, Ethik Investment

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