Lights, Solar, ACTION! Even the BBC recognise the influence of this in their History of the World in 100 Objects

Lights For Learning have just returned from installation projects in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Official feedback from their previous trip has shown that in just ONE YEAR a particular school's pass rate increased by 540%.

Enrolment rates have increased by up to 20% due to the need for children and adults to tend land and take their wares to market during the daylight hours. It really feels like a different world.

Countries like the UK have developed away from this challenging way of life.

Quite literally and metaphorically, Lights For Learning are working toward a brighter future.

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Solar-powered lamp and charger


A History of the World in 100 objects

There are around five billion mobile phones in use around the world todayThis lamp is powered by the small solar panel connected to it. As well as providing light, power from this panel can be used to charge mobile phones. This object has been chosen to reflect the ingenuity, and the challenges we face in the twenty-first century. The kit uses a range of new materials and technologies, including silicon-chip technology, which can also be found in computers and mobile phones. Here it is used in the solar photovoltaic cell, which converts sunlight into electricity. Exposing this cell to eight hours of bright sunshine provides up to 100 hours of lamp light.

How is this technology changing lives?

There are currently 1.6 billion people across the world without access to an electrical grid. In these areas, objects such as this allow people to study, work and socialise outside daylight hours, vastly improving the quality of many lives. Additionally, households using solar energy rather than kerosene lamps are able to avoid the risk of fire and the damage to health that kerosene can cause. Once purchased, this kit costs very little to run, making it a very efficient option for many people living in the world's poorest countries.

There are around five billion mobile phones in use around the world today