Without a civil statuts, children do not have access to school. And without electricity, they can not study. With this in mind, the ENGIE Foundation created “Schools, Lights and Rights”, with the support of its historical partner La Voix De l’Enfant. This flagship program is at the heart of the Foundation’s commitments. Signed in 2015 and renewed in 2019, it is now deployed in eleven countries.

SCHOOLS : WHEN LIGHT COMES TO SCHOOL

The “Schools” part of the program has electrified six schools or drop-in centers in rural villages in Africa, Asia or Madagascar. The solar panels installed on the roofs of the schools by the volunteers of Energy Assistance France, an internal NGO of the ENGIE Group, bring not only the light but they also allow to innovate and to enrich the educational courses: digital rooms equipped with computers were created in Afghanistan, in partnership with the association Afghanistan Libre, to train girls to digital code and jobs.

6 electrified schools
– More than 3,000 beneficiaries
5 digital rooms created in Afghanistan, benefiting to 630 girls trained to digital jobs

LIGHTS: TO STUDY AT NIGHTFALL

Thanks to the “Lights” component, nearly thirty-five thousand pocket solar lamps have been distributed to schoolchildren, especially in rural villages that are not connected to the electricity grid. The solar-charged lamps have a battery life of more than thirty hours and allow children to return from school at dusk and do their homework at home.The use of lamps also makes communities and families aware of the benefits of renewable energies.

34,700 solar lights distributed
30 hours of battery life, with a light charge indicator and an SOS Flash mode

RIGHTS: GIVE BACK THEIR RIGHTS TO GHOST CHILDREN

In the world, one in seven people does not have a civil status. In Africa, according to the UNICEF, nearly 50% of the population is not registered. For “ghost children” without identity they simply do not have access to school or health and later, to employment. This is why the rights section of the program is a priority. On the spot, the partner associations of La Voix De l’Enfant are mobilizing to give ghost children an identity and convince parents to enroll their children in school. The most spectacular action has been taken in DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), but many children have received the sesame in other countries where the program is located, including South Africa, Madagascar and Afghanistan.

– 1 million civil status distributed in the DRC
3,000 “Tazkira” (IDs) distributed to Afghan girls
2,000 young South Africans received their papers in Gauten Province

A SYNERGY WITH THE ENGIE FOUNDATION PARTNERS

Three associations already partners of the ENGIE Foundation are mobilized to deploy the Schools, Lights and Rights program on the spot: Afghanistan Libre, Valued Citizens Initiative (South Africa), Sourires d’Enfants (Laos).