This International Women’s Day, a South Korean conglomerate is planning bring light to thousands of kids in India.
Samsung India has announced that it will be distributing 10,000 solar lanterns to girl students in the country. Not-for-profit organization CAF India is also part of the initiative.
The solar lanterns, to be distributed in government schools across Noida and Gurugram in Delhi-National Capital Region and Sriperumbudur near Chennai, will enable girls to spend more time on studies, the firms said.
A huge pool of Indians don’t have access to education. On top of that, fewer girls than boys are enrolled in schools. Only 48 percent of women in rural areas had completed five years of primary schooling in the country, according to a report by International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity last year.
Additionally, electricity outages are common in rural regions, and kerosene lanterns are the primary source of evening light among many. Kerosene lamps, as you may have guessed, are severely bad for health.
“This initiative is a small step towards helping these young girls grow up to become individual role-models,” said Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President, Samsung India in a press statement.
Samsung isn’t new to such efforts. Since 2013, it has set up over 400 smart classes at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools across India, teaching thousands of students to use interactive technologies to better guide their students.