BCI, SUN Foundation Partner under Climate Change Initiative; Create Youth Charter at ISA

Barefoot College International (BCI) announced an innovative new partnership with SUN Foundation, a student-led social enterprise, with an aim to combat global threat of climate change by involving students from low resource communities.

November 03, 2020. By Manu Tayal

Barefoot College International (BCI) announced an innovative new partnership with SUN Foundation, a student-led social enterprise, with an aim to combat global threat of climate change by involving students from low resource communities.

This youth-centric partnership was aimed to increase the awareness amongst youth on climate change issues, whilst simultaneously providing renewable energy solutions to ensure the continued education of students in last-mile communities in the global south, via Barefoot College International’s grassroots Education program.

This program has educated over 75,000 children and trained 14,000 rural teachers till date. It will be facilitated directly by the new partnership between both BCI and SUN Foundation, which conducted ‘Solar Clinics’ and spread awareness about building ‘Green Curriculum’ among over 2,000 kids and assisted 8 schools in becoming completely solar electrified.

In addition to its focus on the continued education of children in last-mile communities, the partnership will also lead to the creation of a unique Youth Charter at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) committed to supporting the partnership and aims to reach 1 million youth through sensitization and access to solar energy.

The initiative was launched recently at an event moderated by Siddhant Sinha, a Forbes Teenpreneur and founder of SUN Foundation, with the Director General of ISA Upendra Tripathy in the presence of ISA member countries, policymakers from countries where Barefoot has created access to renewable energy solutions, and educators promoting rural-based education.

While moderating the event, Siddhant Sinha, Founder, SUN Foundation, said “by providing a hands on pedagogy approach to the youth about sustainability, we hope more and more youngsters take an active interest in mitigating the biggest crisis we will ever face, climate change.”

On partnership, Meagan Fallone, Director and Advisor, Barefoot College International said, “we work every day to ensure that last-mile communities have access to the renewable energy solutions, teachers and classrooms to ensure their continued access to education. Our partnership with SUN Foundation will allow us to continue this work, whilst enabling us to work directly with an entire generation, through ISA, to create solutions that will make a difference in our fight against this climate emergency.

“We work with governments to improve energy access and security around the world and promote solar power as a sustainable way to transition to a carbon neutral future. We have increased access to solar training, data and insights for solar engineers and energy policymakers. Our partnership with the Barefoot College International is participating to this work,” said Upendra Tripathy, Director General, International Solar Alliance.

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