The project has three main components:
- Schools: electrification of schools and childcare centres
- Lights: distribution of portable solar lamps
- Rights: giving children a civil status, a prerequisite for accessing education, healthcare and legal protection.
Role of the ENGIE Foundation
The ENGIE Foundation launched the Schools, Lights and Rights project as part of COP21 in 2015, with its long-standing partner La Voix de l’Enfant (The Voice of the Child). The starting point was to bring together the Foundation’s two priority areas – access to energy for all and the protection of vulnerable children – within a single flagship programme. Schools, Lights and Rights has been allocated support over three years.
The first pilot programme was launched a few weeks after COP21, at Masiphathisane Primary School in South Africa, with the support of Valued Citizens Initiative, a member of the La Voix De l’Enfant network.