If you had the opportunity to help your child perform better at school, what would you improve in their life. Maybe you thought about transferring them to a better school, hiring a home tutor, or even buying a MacBook for their assignments. What if you learn that all that your child needs is the best nutrition and good lighting?
For some of us, electricity is not a problem at home. However, for millions of poverty stricken families in the shanties of the Philippines, electricity is more of a pipe dream. It gets worse, millions of shanties are interconnected together that even access to daylight is a problem. So what is the plight of the child who lives in such conditions and has to study at home?
There is a group of well wishers who discovered a solution. They could make light bulbs out of plastic bottles filled with bleach water. The ratio of water to bleach is 1: 000.3, which is enough to trap daylight and distribute it evenly in a dark room. The result is an inexpensive homemade light bulb that allows kids to study at home. No need for electricity meaning no power bills to worry about.
For nutrition, a study shows that a bigger percentage of kids are not receiving enough nutrients in their day-to-day meals. This means that their bodies lack the right fuel it needs to help them learn better. A case study revealed that kids perform better (up to 4% increase on their average grades) if they eat right. So how about replacing that bag of potato chips with a salad bar for their school snack?
In a nutshell, you only need two things to get your child the right education: an ample environment for studying and meals that provide the required nutrition. With an inexpensive innovation like a bleach-water bulb, maybe this would free up some money to invest in good food for your child’s mind.