By Social Work and Research Center aka Barefoot College
Solar Digital night schools are non-formal schools running across the country during evenings or nights for the
marginalised and poor children who are unable to access formal and quality education during day-time because of various social, geographical, or economic limitations. These schools are primarily located in locations which are offgrid or with intermittent electricity supply and uses digital tools and technologies to deliver education effectively.
There are a total of 47 such digital night schools spread across 10 Indian States supported by Apple, Oracle,
Microsoft, PayPal, WorldReader, etc.
Our technological innovation uses a solar projector which is developed in-house at Barefoot College, especially for
areas which have no grid electricity or have intermittent electricity supply. We also use tablets (easily connectable
with the solar projectors) such that we are able to provide high quality and futuristic education to the last mile
children. These innovations have helped us not only reach our beneficiary children but have also helped us move
beyond from only being able to provide numeracy and literacy skills to also include other key dimensions of
education such as digital literacy (for both children and community teachers), gender, health, civil rights,
citizenship, environment, social and emotional learning, etc. The technological innovation has also helped us move
from ‘teaching’ to ‘learning by self’ style of education.