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Studying at home under lighting powered by solar backpacks

Children in the African country of Côte d’Ivoire are carrying a “light school bag”—an innovative item never seen in Japan. These are so called because they have solar panels on them.

The company which sells these bags, Solar Pack, came up with the idea of developing solar backpacks because villages in the nation do not have access to the normal electricity supply.

It takes the children an hour to walk to school every day. While they travel to school and back, the solar panels can generate three hours’ worth of electricity. Until recently, they could not study at home even though they wanted to. But now they can—using light from their solar backpacks.

Solar Pack has already sold 55,000 solar backpacks. They have been purchased not only within Côte d’Ivoire, but by national governments and NPOs in Madagascar and other countries with electricity shortages.

This is a heart-warming item that makes many children smile.