Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world and its population face a severe lack of health coverage, safe drinking water, sanitation and education. Widespread poverty and underfunded schools have dealt a blow to the educational attainment of poor children, restricting Mauritania's chances for development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNICEF's Education for All initiative works with the Government to improve the number of the most deprived children, particularly girls, completing basic education. UNICEF is helping improve the school environment by providing and installing solar systems for rural schools. Solar systems provide light and electricity for schools from a clean and cheap source of energy. This especially helps girls education because they can have longer hours in school.
UNICEF aims to have solar systems in all 429 UNICEF schools projects and works in partnership with the local communities so they are empowered to lead and sustain the projects.