Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP)

The Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) works with international NGOs and local communities to reduce student absenteeism by providing bicycles to students to commute to school.

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BEEP works with both international NGOS and local communities to provide bicycles to students with long commutes to school. By providing students with bicycles, they are able to complete duties at home and still be able to travel to school, thus reducing rates of student tardiness and absenteeism. Beneficiaries of the bicycles also have an additional form of transportation with which they can help out their families.

BEEP distributes bicycles that are specially designed by World Bicycle Relief (WBR) and assembled in various countries across the African continent. The bicycles are designed with locally available and compatible parts in mind, so that the bicycles can be repaired relatively easily. In addition to providing bicycles, WBR trains and provides tools to local bicycle mechanics.

Once a community is selected to receive bicycles, a local bicycle supervisory committee (comprised of up to 12 members and including school officials, students, PTA members, local NGOs, and community, church, and traditional leaders) set the criteria on which beneficiaries will be eligible to receive a bicycle.  Each community selects different criteria. Of the beneficiaries of new bicycles, 80% are students and 20% are teachers or other adults who help out at the schools.

Bicycles are distributed on a 2-year, service-to-own contract, where beneficiaries of the bicycles pledge to volunteer or stay in school, in return for receiving the bicycle. The school stages a distribution ceremony to stress the importance of this social contract. Bicycle recipients also contribute $5 to a spare parts fund for the local bicycle mechanic. The bicycle supervisory committee serves as a resource and enforcer of this contract for the beneficiaries, as well as helps to make the beneficiary process more efficient. The committee also monitors attendance and performance in schools to gauge the success of BEEP in the community.

Because of the success of WBR’s BEEP model, international and local organizations are now buying World Bicycle Relief bicycles to distribute to schools and community health workers.

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