Lighting the way forward for kids
PUPILS at Marconi Beam
Primary School will get a muchneeded boost in the form of 1 700 solar-powered lights to help improve their educational environment.
Flight Centre has partnered with Australian company SolarBuddy, who provided the solar lights for the school, and Clean C, a non-profit organisation who has done work in the area previously.
One light will be given to each pupil at Marconi Beam Primary next week.
Sam van Gool, Peopleworks general manager at Flight Centre Travel Group said: “Energy poverty affects one in five people on the planet.
“This not only causes serious health and safety concerns, but education is also negatively impacted.”
Greg Player of Clean C said: “In a four-by-four-metre shack with no windows, it’s basically impossible for kids to do homework or read as it’s too dark. There’s a massive need for safe lighting.”
In addition to providing more light, the solar lights will also pose less of a health risk to children who have to make use of paraffin lamps in their homes, as they do not pose a fire hazard or emit toxic fumes.
Player noted that they would also be cheaper as it would not need any electricity.
“The SolarBuddy lights also mean that Joe Slovo Park residents won’t need to worry about unsafe or unreliable electricity connections in their homes and will reduce their energy costs,” he said.
The partnership between Flight Centre and Solarbuddy has been going since 2016 and they have since donated more than 40 000 solar lights to kids in 20 different countries.
“A simple solar light can change lives. I am really excited about their journeys and the amazing stories they’re going to share with us,” said Van
The handover will take place on October 10 at Marconi Beam Primary.