THE Department of Education (DepEd) has expanded its LightEd PH campaign that aims to provide solutions to schools and homes that have no power through conventional and alternative sources of energy.
“Light makes vision possible. In the realm of education, let us be the light that will help our children realize their vision for themselves, their families, and our country. We call on everyone to be part of this LightEd PH campaign and to bring light to those who need it and to help in extending the hours of quality learning,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
“Don’t let darkness hinder any Filipino child from education he or she deserves,” he added.
The department said thousands of schools have no electricity.
“As of school year 2013-2014, there are 5,954 schools in the Philippines that are either un-energized or are in remote and off-grid areas, where at least 1,101,051 students, whose access to technology, enhanced instructional methods, and more engaging learning activities, are limited. The health of these students is also at risk from using kerosene lamps that emit harmful fumes, which is the only means for them to study at night,” Mario Deriquito, DepEd Undersecretary for Partnership and External Linkages, said.
Under LightEd PH, the DepEd is launching “One Child, One Lamp”, a campaign that will be implemented in partnership with Children’s Hour and Philippine Business for Social Progress to raise funds for solar lamps that will be distributed to students in off-grid public schools.
“Students in off-grid barangays have limited time to study at night. Providing them electricity or solar lamps will help them extend their study time, thus increasing the chance to improve their academic performance,” Deriquito said.
The DepEd has partnered with Global Peace Foundation, Thrive Solar Energy Philippines, Stiftung Solarenergie, and other organizations to provide mini-solar LED lamps that can be used for up to ten hours after three to four hours of charging during the day.
At P400 each, these solar lamps are also water- and-shock-resistant and do not emit harmful fumes.
Once they reach the beneficiary schools, the solar lamps will be lent to students in a manner similar to that of lending library books, in order to ensure their proper usage and maintenance.